Can you convert a partition from NTFS to FAT32 file system on your computer? It does not matter why you want to change a NTFS partition to FAT32 , but the answer is positive. You are able to convert a partition from NTFS to FAT32 on any Windows platform including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server. This article will tell all methods for partition converting and share what you should pay attention to with different methods.
There are two commodes to convert a partition from NTFS to FAT32, so you can select either of them.
1. Format a partition from NTFS to FAT32
This is the easiest way to convert a partition to FAT32 file system. You just need to move all data from the partition whose file system you need to convert to another drive or storage media and then format the partition. You can full format the selected partition in order to check and repair bad sectors and choose to format it to FAT32 file system.
Almost everybody knows how to format a partition on any Windows platform, so you can use this method to change a partition from NTFS to FAT32 as long as there is another available drive or media for storing the data transferred from the partition you want to format.
You cannot format a system partition, namely C drive, so you cannot use this method to convert a system partition from NTFS to FAT32. If you want to format a system partition in order to change its file system, you have to reinstall Windows operating system.
2. Command prompt to change NTFS to FAT32
If there is no available media for backup the NTFS drive that you want to format, you had better not use the first method to convert its file system. All data would be lost permanently after formatting and you have no chance to recover any file unless you can use data recovery software. If you do not want to lose any file due to formatting, you can use command prompt instead of formatting to convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 file system.
This method is a little more complex than the first method because you have to enter command prompt, but it is still easy to handle. The first step is to run command prompt by click Start > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. Then, you can enter command prompt convert d: /fs:fat32 (d: refers to the drive letter of the partition that you want to convert, you can replace the d: with another drive letter if you want to convert another partition). Finally, you can press the Enter button on keyboard to complete the converting.
Attention: This method does not cause data loss, but it is important to prevent sudden reboot or shutdown of computer during the converting.
Some people found that some files becomes inaccessible or unreadable after converting to FAT32 file system. Well, FAT32 is a file system that only supports a file whose size is less than 4GB. In other words, the file stored on an FAT32 partition will become not accessible if its size is more than 4GB. To avoid the problem, you had better move all files that are larger than 4GB to another NTFS partition before performing partition converting.
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>> Change to FAT32 without formatting
>> Convert NTFS to FAT32 file system without data loss
>> Convert to FAT32 from NTFS without rebooting computer
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