Convert FAT to NTFS File System Without Data Loss

Jean updated on Sep 12, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Do you need to convert FAT to NTFS? How to perform the conversion without data loss easily and safely? This article will provide you with two easy solutions to convert FAT32, FAT16 or even FAT12 to NTFS.

Method 1. Convert FAT to NTFS without Data Loss
Method 2. Converting FAT to NTFS by using CMD

If you want to optimize the usage of your computer hard drive can follow this page to set your storage devices with a more reliable file system - NTFS without losing any data.

Why Do You Need to Convert FAT to NTFS

Sone of you may don't know how to choose the right file system for your storage devices. Actually, the reason why computer users like to convert FAT (FAT12/FAT16/FAT32) to NTFS is that NTFS contains more advanced features than FAT, for example in performance, security, reliability.

Here is a comparison form of NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, and FAT12 that may help you know more details:

  • NTFS: Support for transferring big files with no limit. The most ideal file system for hard drive and external hard drives.
  • FAT32: Support for transferring a single file within 4GB. Used as the file system for SD card, USB flash drive. 

Comparison of NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, FAT12.

Generally speaking, NTFS has several improvements over FAT, such as improved support for metadata, 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.

How to Convert FAT32, FAT16, FAT12 to NTFS

Method 1: Convert FAT to NTFS without Data Loss (3-Step, Automated)

Changing a volume's file system is not an easy task for those who are not familiar with computer management and command line. Thus, an easy and safe solution is needed.

Comprehensive partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master can fully meet this requirement. It enables you to convert FAT to NTFS without any data loss.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Tips on converting FAT to NTFS with EaseUS Partition Master:
1. FAT to NTFS conversion on works on Windows OS. (Linux is not supported.)
2. It is only applicable for converting FAT to NTFS. (NTFS to FAT conversion is not supported.)
3. The source file system must be FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32. (Ext2/Ext3 and ExFAT are not supported)
4. The partition or the storage device must work well and can be recognized by EaseUS Partition Master.

If you need to convert a storage device such as external hard drive or USB drive to NTFS, insert it into your PC and then follow the steps below to continue.


Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

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Step 2: Select a FAT32 partition, right-click on it and select "Convert to NTFS". If you need to convert a storage device such as SD card or USB flash drive to NTFS, insert it into your PC first and repeat the previous operation.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 3: Click "OK" on the pop-up dialog box to continue.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 4: Go to the upper left corner, click the "Execute 1 Operation" button and you will see the operation details. Click "Apply" and "Finish" when the process completes.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

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

Method 2: Convert FAT to NTFS by Using CMD (Command Prompt, Manual)

Users who are familiar with computer management can also use CMD convert command to switch the FAT partition or storage device to NTFS.

Follow these steps for a detail guide:

Step 1: Right-click on the "Windows" icon and select "Search".

Open Command Prompt to convert FAT to NTFS.

Step 2: Type: Command Prompt in the Search box and right-click on "Command Prompt", then select "Run as Administrator".

Sign in with your Administrator account and password if necessary.

Run Command Prompt as administrator to convert FAT to NTFS.

Step 3: Type: help convert and then press "Enter".

Information about converting FAT volumes to NTFS is made available as shown below.

Convert FAT to NTFS

Step 4: In the command prompt window, type: convert D: /fs:ntfs and hit "Enter". (Replace D: with the drive letter of your partition or storage device.)

Wait for the converting process to complete and then exit the Command Prompt. The file system will be changed into NTFS and you can use it to transfer and save data again.


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

Whether you prefer to convert FAT to NTFS using EaseUS Partition Master or CMD, it is always a good idea to back up your data before the conversion.


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