Is There Any Way to Convert NTFS to FAT32 without Formatting Partition and Losing Data?

FAT32 is an older file system compared to NTFS, but it is simple and readable from a great number of operating systems, and also supported by a wide range of system utilities. FAT32 can well work on DOS v7 and higher Windows 98, ME, 2000, etc.

If you need to access some files from DOS mode or Windows 9X, you have to use FAT or FAT32 file system, but you must choose NTFS when you need to store big files which over 4GB. Converting a FAT32 to NTFS partition can be supported by Windows built-in utility, but you cannot convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data as all of Windows have no tools that can do this.

Based on different needs, many computer users may desire to change from FAT32 to NTFS, Luckily, All windows provides a nondestructive way that allow you to change FAT or FAT32 to NTFS partition directly. Below will tell two way to convert to FAT32.

If there is no useful data in your NTFS partition, you could use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, this free partition manager to reformat NTFS to FAT32 partition, and it supports the conversion from NTFS partition to FAT32 up to 2048GB. (Note: it is a professional partition magic alternative software)

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition provides a conversion tool: NTFS to FAT32 Converter, a FREE file system conversion software, is specifically designed to convert NTFS to FAT32 directly and without losing data on the partition. In addition, it can work on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000 (Both 32bit and 64bit).

Here is a screenshot:

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard


NTFS to FAT32 Converter

From the screenshot, we could see the features about the conversions between NTFS and FAT32 file systems. With its understandable graphic interface guide, not only we could convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data, but also could change FAT32 back to NTFS easily.

Video Guide

Below are a few real cases:

  • "I need to format my d: from NTFS to FAT32. My c: used NTFS, the main reason I need my d: to change to fat32 is because the application I use that came with computer cannot create backup for me unless its fat32."
  • "I have Sony PS3, it can not support NTFS partition when i need to play games. Are there some methods to change NTFS to FAT 32 without losing data or re-formatting the partition?"
  • Besides above two reasons, there are also some hardware devices or software programs only support FAT32 file system, so it is really required to convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data or reformatting partition.

To convert NTFS to FAT32, this is an oft-asked topic. Unluckily, there is no accessible method of accomplishing this. Why? The answer is rather simple: FAT32 is an earlier file system, but NTFS is superior to it in about every way.

In fact, your choices boil down to realizing one of two ways: reformatting partition from NTFS to FAT32, which after-effects in the data files being lost. Another way is use a third-party program – like NTFS to FAT32 Converter.

You could use reformatting way to convert NTFS to FAT32 partition, but you need to firstly backup your data before formatting partition. After reformat to FAT32, restore the previous data. The following is an instruction available on all systems including Windows 10/8/8.1/7/2000/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016.

  • Open Windows Explorer and choose your drive that you want to reformat from NTFS to FAT32.
  • Right click the drive and select the "Format" option from the context menu.
  • Select "FAT32" from drop-down box under the "File System" section and tick at the "Quick Format" option.
  • Click the "Start" button to start the re-formatting process. It may take a few minutes according to the size of your drive.

Note: FAT32 option will be unavailable in the drop-down box if the drive size you desire to format is larger than 32GB (This is a Windows limitation), but you could use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition - free partition manager to format NTFS to FAT32 up to 2TB partition.