Are you trying to convert a NTFS external hard drive to FAT32 file system? It sounds ridiculous because NTFS is usually considered as a file system that has better performance, but sometimes you do need to convert a disk or external hard drive to FAT32 file system for better management. For whatever reason, do you have any clue on free to convert an external hard drive from NTFS file system to FAT32?
There are two common methods to convert an external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 file system:
1. Format external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32
This is the easiest way to change file system of external hard drive to FAT32. This method is available for external HDD converting in all Windows platform.
Pay attention: Backup data in advance because format will erase everything.
==> To get all methods to format an external hard drive, please visit this page: Format NTFS to FAT32 on Windows
2. Use a NTFS FAT32 converter
There are many NTFS FAT32 convert tools online. If you would like to use any converter to change external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32, you can search NTFS FAT32 free converter online so that you can see many free convert tools.
==> For more other methods to convert NTFS to FAT32, please go to this page: Convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss
Have you ever received the alert message saying an external hard drive is too large to convert to FAT32? Let’s see a user’s FAQ firstly:
"I tried to format my 232GB external hard drive to FAT32 file system, but it only shows NTFS an exFAT under file system section while formatting it. When run cmd to convert the external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32, it says the volume is too large to convert to FAT32."
==>> To read the original question of this user, please visit User from Microsoft forum who failed to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32
For the question above, following information may give you some clue:
1. In order to meet users’ demand for a large amount of data storage, today’s external hard drive usually has a high capacity from 500GB to 4TB. For the security of data and good performance, an external hard drive was often formatted to NTFS or exFAT32 file system. Although Windows system still allows its users to read and write data on any portable HDD that has FAT32 file system, it disables users to format an external hard drive to FAT32 file system when its capacity is larger than 32GB.
2. Command prompt has the ability to convert partition file system, but it does not allow anybody to convert NTFS to FAT32 on any Windows operating system. What you can do is to run Command prompt to convert FAT32 to NTFS.
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Hard disk usually refers to the internal hard drive on a computer. Windows system like Widows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10 support both NTFS and FAT32 file system on a hard disk partition.
If you want to convert any hard disk partition from NTFS to FAT32 file system, you can use the same methods mentioned above which are used to change removable hard drive.
In addition to all methods above, you can also use a partition magic tool to convert hard disk partition to FAT32. IM-Magic Partition Resizer has the ability to change partition file system without needing to format the disk or erase any data.
2 steps to change hard disk partition NTFS to FAT32 on Windows
Step1. Right click the disk partition and select "Convert to FAT32" option.
Step2. Confirm to perform converting and click "Apply Changes" button.
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