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How to Convert FAT to NTFS File System without Data Loss?

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 by Jean to Partition Master

How to convert FAT to NTFS without data loss? EaseUS Partition Master is a reliable tool that allows you to easily and safely convert to NTFS with all data intact.

Need to convert FAT to NTFS? How to convert FAT to NTFS without data loss easily and safely? This article will provide an easy solution to convert FAT to NTFS in order to help those who want to optimize the usage of their computers with a more reliable file system.

NTFS is an Advanced File System Compared to FAT

Before converting FAT to NTFS, you might want to know why it is necessary to convert FAT to NTFS.

Actually, computer users would like to convert FAT (FAT12/FAT16/FAT32) to NTFS file system because NTFS is more powerful with more advanced features in performance, security, reliability than FAT.

Generally speaking, NTFS has several improvements over FAT such as improved support for metadata and the use of advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, plus additional extensions such as security access control lists and file system journaling.

Converting FAT to NTFS by Convert.exe is One Solution.

FAT partition can be converted to NTFS by using Convert.exe.

To find out more information about Convert.exe, please follow these steps:

1. After completing Setup, click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER.

2. In the command window, type help convert and then press ENTER. Information about converting FAT volumes to NTFS is made available as shown below.

Convert FAT to NTFS

To convert a FAT volume to NTFS from the command prompt, follow these tips:

1. Open Command Prompt. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.

2. In the command prompt window, type: convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

Note: Once you convert FAT to NTFS, you cannot simply convert it back to FAT or FAT32. You will need to reformat the drive or partition which will erase all data, including programs and personal files, on the partition.

Convert FAT to NTFS without Data Loss in an Easier and Safer Way

Changing a volume's existing file system can be time - consuming. Since not all computer users are computer experts, it's definitely a difficult task for those who are not familiar with command line. Then, an easier and safer solution is needed to convert FAT to NTFS. And comprehensive partition software can fully meet this requirement which helps to convert FAT to NTFS without any data loss.

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 Windows 10 is supported

1. Select a FAT12/16/32 partition.

2. Right-click the partition and select Convert to NTFS.

EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition: Convert FAT to NTFS

3. The pop-up dialog box will show the source and destination file system, click "OK" to continue.

You may also do it by right-clicking the mouse.

Some tips on converting FAT to NTFS with EaseUS Partition Master.

1. Partition conversion can only be realized under Windows. Linux is not supported.
2. This feature is only applicable for converting FAT to NTFS partition.
3. Source file system must be FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 and the partition is unhidden.
4. Make sure there is minimum 3% free space on partitions.
5. The partition works well and can be recognized by EaseUS Partition Master.
6. This function is not available for EaseUS Partition Master bootable CD.

Apart from converting FAT to NTFS, EaseUS Partition Master also allows users to resize and move partition, copy partition, copy disk, explore partition, etc.


No matter whether you convert FAT to NTFS using Convert.exe or EaseUS Partition Master, it is always a good idea to back up your data before you convert.

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