Freeware to Convert FAT32 to NTFS for USB [Without Data Loss]

November 30, 2018

From this paper, you can learn how to convert FAT32 to NTFS for USB drive including SD card, external hard drive and USB flash drive without formatting in Windows 10/8/7, XP and Vista.

When need to convert USB to NTFS from FAT32?

FAT32 and NTFS are two kinds of file system. It is common format a USB drive with FAT32 file system as its great compatibility at first. However, you may intend to convert USB drive from NTFS to FAT32 to enjoy the advantages of NTFS like more effective disk space management in Windows, supporting larger partition and file size, and higher security etc.

For example, you want to copy a file larger than 5GB to a USB external hard drive, but only found that the file is too large to copy to the external hard drive. At this time, you can change the file system of external drive to NTFS.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS for USB without formatting

After deciding to convert USB to NTFS from FAT32, you may wonder how to complete this operation? Two safe and effective ways will be demonstrated in the following context. You can choose one as you like.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS using GUI freeware

If you are a computer green hand, it is recommended to employ a third-party GUI tool – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to make conversion from FAT32 to NTFS without data loss. Free download it and do as the following steps (Take converting USB flash drive from FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 as an example).

Step 1. Install and launch it. In the main interface, locate the partition on the USB flash drive that you want to change and go to “Advanced” > “Convert to NTFS”.

Format FAT32 to NTFS USB

Step 2. When you see the following dialogue, click “OK” to continue. If the partition has some errors, you can fix these errors using chkdsk.exe /f before conversion.


Step 3. You’ll go back to the main interface where you can see review the operation. After confirmation, please click “Apply”> “Proceed” to commit operation.



Convert FAT32 to NTFS using CMD

If you are familiar with CMD, you can use it to convert FAT32 to NTFS. See the steps below (supposed that your computer is running Windows 10):

Step 1. Press “Windows” + “R”, input “cmd” and hit “Enter” key.

Step 2. In the CMD window, type: “convert n: /fs:ntfs” and hit “Enter” key.

*n refers to the drive letter of the partition on the USB drive that you want to convert.

Convert NTFS CMD

Note: Don’t type wrong drive letter, otherwise you will convert inappropriate partition to NTFS. If you encountered such condition, you can convert NTFS back to FAT32 using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.


Now, surely you have realized how to convert FAT32 to NTFS for USB (USB flash drive, SD card, and external hard drive) without data loss. If you don’t care about the data on the USB drive that you’ll convert to NTFS file system, you can format it to NTFS in File Explorer or Disk Management directly.