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

Jean updated on Jul 19, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

File systems are ways in which your partition will organize data. For better performance, people need to choose a certain file system in different situations. Some users may 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, fix RAW USB drive, restore USB drive back to full capacity, etc. But how to perform these tasks 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 flash drive to NTFS. Some of them allow you to keep your data. So, you can try the one that works best for your case. 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 many files on the USB drive and you don’t have the free space to move them elsewhere, you can directly convert the file system of the flash drive to NTFS without formatting or losing data. Here you can try to do it in two ways:

Three ways to convert USB to NTFS

The first two methods show you how to convert the file system of your USB flash drive to NTFS without formatting the device.

Method 1: Convert the file system to NTFS with command line

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

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

After the two simple steps, Windows will immediately start converting the file system. It may take a while, especially when your device storage is large.

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 - converting USB drive to NTFS with third-party software. Here we recommend you try 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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And if there is no important data on your USB flash drive or other devices, you can directly choose "Format" in step 2 to format USB drive to FAT32 or NTFS in Windows 10/8/7. You can also do it with the free Windows built-in disk management tool. 

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

Step 1: Right-click "My Computer" and select "Manage".

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

Step 3: Right-click the drive and select "Properties".

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

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

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

Step 7: Click "Start" and wait for the process to finish.


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