NTFS and FAT32 are two different kinds of file system on Windows operating system. Generally speaking, NTFS has a better compatibility and performance than FAT32, but sometimes you may still want to convert a partition from NTFS file system to FAT32. Then, is there any way to change NTFS to FAT32 file system without losing any data? Simply say, there are four methods to convert a partition from NTFS from FAT32 without data loss.
If there is no important data on the NTFS partition, you can format it to change its file system to FAT32. If the NTFS partition still contains some useful data, you can move all data to another partition and then format it to FAT32 file system?
1. On all Windows OS, you can format a partition to convert to FAT32 by following:
Open "My Computer" > right click the NTFS partition and select "Format" option > select FAT32 file system and click "Start" button
2. You can also format a NTFS partition to FAT32 under Disk Management by following:
Right click "My Computer" > click "Manage" > select "Disk Management" > right click the NTFS partition and select "Format" option > select FAT32 file system and click "OK" button to confirm format
3. You can run diskpart.exe to format the NTFS partition by following: Click Start button > Run > type diskpart.exe and press Enter button > type list disk and press Enter > type select disk x (x refers to the disk number of the disk you want to format, e.g. disk 0, disk 1) and press Enter > type list volume and press Enter > type format fs=fat32 label=volume label quick and press Enter
4. Without Windows built-in formatting, you can also use a format tool for Windows computer. You can find many format tools which claim that they provide easy solution for converting of partition between NTFS and FAT32.
When the formatting is completed, the file system of the partition can change to FAT32 file system, but all data on this partition has also been erased permanently.
You can repartition hard disk on Windows to change NTFS to FAT32 file system. First of all, you need to open Disk Management on your computer and then delete the NTFS partition to change it to unallocated space. Then, you can use the unallocated space to create a new volume. You will be asked to format the partition when creating a new volume, so you can choose to format the new partition to FAT32 file system.
This method is available on all Windows platform including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
The two methods above are able to convert NTFS to FAT32 with ease, but all of them would erase data at the same time. In other words, you will lose all data without making a backup in advance.
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The reason why many people feel it difficult to convert NTFS to FAT32 is that they have many important data on the partition that they want to convert. Whether you are home user or business user, the data stored on the hard disk partition usually means a lot to you. For example:
1. Disk data for home users of Windows
Windows computer usually contains several partitions on a hard disk. You usually install Windows platform on C drive (known as system partition) and store other types of data like work documents, family photos, videos, movies and more to the rest partitions. If any system related data is lost on the C drive, it would cause system crash and lead your computer to be unbootable. Although data loss from other partition usually does not cause any harm to your computer, it is a big loss if you lose all unique data due to partition converting.
2. The importance of data for business users
For some small-business company, the may install Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 on personal computer. You probably save some essential confidential documents such as contract, documents price list, etc. Those files may determine the fate of your business. For some medium-large corporation, you may install Windows Sever on workstation. If data got lost on Windows Server, it will bring immeasurable loss to the enterprise.
Above all, it is quite important to avoid data loss no matter why you want to convert a NTFS to FAT32 file system on your computer.