It is easy to convert an FAT32 partition to NTFS on Windows XP, but the task usually becomes a little difficult when you want to convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 on Windows XP. NTFS file system was successor to FAT32. Today, NTFS file system has almost replaced the FAT32 file system, so it has many limitations when you need to convert a partition that has NTFS file system to FAT32 file system.
You can also reformat a NTFS partition to FAT32 file system on Windows XP. After moving all important data to another partition, you can right click the NTFS partition and then select FAT32 as file system to format it.
No option for FAT32 file system under format window?
It seems that it is easy to reformat a NTFS partition to FAT32 on Windows XP? However, you may meet a problem sometimes. After select the NTFS partition to reformat, you may find that there is no option for FAT32 file system. Well, when you attempt to convert NTFS file system to FAT32 by reformat on Windows XP, it has a limitation. You cannot reformat a partition that is larger than 32GB to FAT32 file system. Therefore, if the NTFS partition has a capacity larger than 32GB, there would be no option for FAT32 file system when you reformat it on Windows XP.
Tip: You cannot format a system partition in any situation unless you can reinstall Windows XP operating system.
You can run Command Prompt to convert an FAT32 drive to NTFS without losing any data, but you will receive message saying that convert is not available for NTFS drives when you attempt to convert NTFS to FAT32 with the same methods. The command prompt is only available for partition converting from FAT32 to NTFS. Therefore, you cannot use command prompt to convert NTFS to FAT32 with no data loss on Windows XP.
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Then, is there a way to change NTFS partition to FAT32 without format or using command prompt on Windows XP? Well, you can free to convert to FAT32 on Windows XP without have to back up data and reformat partition. A partition magic for NTFS FAT32 converting is able to resolve the problem when you want to change partition from NTFS to FAT32 without reformat on Windows XP. IM-Magic Partition Resizer is a partition tool which is able to work on Windows XP for partition converting without deleting data or format partition.
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1. Reformat FAT32 partition to NTFS on Windows XP (need to backup data)
Reformat usually erases all data on a partition, so you have to backup data in advance. Then, you can right click the FAT32 partition and reformat it to NTFS file system.
2. Run Command Prompt to change FAT32 to NTFS (without data loss)
You need to move all data to another drive from the FAT32 partition that you want to convert. Then, you can run Command Prompt and enter the command so as to change the partition file system. You should make sure that your computer would not reboot or shut down during converting in case of system crash or causing troubles to the partition.
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