How Do I Change My USB From FAT32 to NTFS Without Formatting

I have a 1TB USB drive, and it is FAT32 by default. Now, I want to transfer large files from my laptop to the drive, but each file is nearly 8GB, and my PC tells me, 'File is too large.' Formatting is not an option because I have a lot of important files stored on the flash drive. How do I make the change without formatting? Thanks!

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Oliver· Answered on May 31, 2024

To format your USB drive from FAT32 to NTFS without losing data, the easiest and safest way is to use a third-party formatter like EaseUS Partition Master Free.

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This tool offers an advanced feature compared with regular formatting - FAT to NTFS. It allows you to complete the file system conversion without data loss. You can follow the steps below to complete the formatting for free:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and insert your USB drive into your PC.

Step 2. Right-click on the USB drive partition and then choose "Advanced" > "FAT to NTFS."

Step 3. Confirm the warning and start the process.

If you don't want to spend time downloading a tool, you can also use Command Prompt to perform the task. However, incorrect command lines could lead to data loss, disk errors or even system corruption.

Step 1. Search for Command Prompt in the Windows search bar and select "Run as administrator."

Step 2. Type convert e: /fs:ntfs and press "Enter." (Replace "e" with your USB drive letter)

Step 3. Wait patiently and enter exit when the process is over.

Further reading: Convert FAT32 to NTFS Without Losing Data [2024 Tutorial]

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