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How to Format USB Flash Drive to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7

Posted on Jan 18, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

This page introduces you how to format USB flash drive to NTFS in three simple ways. You can try the one work best for you to convert or change the file system of the flash drive to NFFS without losing data.

File systems are ways of organizing data. For better performance, people need to choose the certain file systems in different situations. In this case, some users might try to format or change USB flash drive to NTFS for different reasons, for example, change the file system to copy large files to FAT32, fixing RAW USB drive, restore USB drive back to full capacity, etc. But how to manage this job without losing data is really a bit challenging if you know little about computer and hard drive. So in this page, we introduce you three simple ways to format or reformat USB drive to NTFS. Some of them allow you to keep your data. So, you can try the one that works best for your case. And in addition, these solutions can be also applied to format SD card, external hard drive, pen drive or other removable storage devices to NTFS. 

If there are a ton of files on the USB drive and you don’t have the free space to move them around, you can directly convert the file system of the flash drive to NTFS without formatting or losing data. Here you can try to do this job in two ways:

Method 1. Convert the USB flash drive file system to NTFS with command line

1. Right-click and choose Run as Administrator to open up an Administrator mode command.

2. Type convert (drive letter): /FS:NTFS, for example, convert G: /FS:NTFS.

After the two simple steps, Windows will immediately start the file system converting job. It might take a while, especially if you’ve got a really large drive.

Method 2. Convert USB drive to NTFS with EaseUS partition software

If the solution mentioned above does not help, you can try the second way - convert USB drive to NTFS with third-party software. Here we recommend EaseUS partition magic software. The program is a powerful and easy-to-use disk management tool. It can help you format or convert USB drive to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 or other previous versions successfully in just several simple clicks.

Step 1. Select the disk or card you want to format to NTFS, right click and select Convert to NTFS.

Convert USB flash drive to NTFS with EaseUS partition tool

Step 2. The pop-up dialog box will show the source and destination file system, click OK to continue.

And if there is no important data on your USB flash drive or other device, you can directly choose "Format Partition" in step 1 to format USB drive to FAT32 or NTFS in Windows 10/8/7. And also, you can try to do this job with Windows free built-in disk management tool. 

Method 3. Format USB drive to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 with disk management tool

1. Right-click My Computer and select Manage.

2. Open the Device Manager and find your USB drive under the Disk Drives heading.

2. Right-click the drive and select Properties.

4. Choose Policies tab, select the "Optimize for performance" option and click OK.

5. Open My Computer, select Format on the flash drive.

6. Choose NTFS in the File System drop-down box.

7. Click Start button and wait until finished.