Need to format disk to NTFS
“How can I format USB drive from FAT32 to NTFS. I tried to transfer a 4.33 GB
File to USB Stick,14.5 GB Free Space, message popped up saying File Is Too Large For
The Destination File System. Please advise. Thanks.”
“I recently bought a Kingston 64GBUSB flash drive. I would like to format this
external hard drive to NTFS so that I can use it on my windows computer. Can anyone
help? Thank ahead of time.”
How to format external hard drive to NTFS file system?
Users might need to format hard drives to NTFS for many different reasons. So how can
you format the external hard drive to NTFS Windows 10/8/7? There are four different
tools you can use to perform such formatting job.
Warning: Because the formatting process will delete all your data on
the external hard drive, please make sure you have already made a
clone/migration/copy of important data in advance, so you may want to know how to clone hard drive to another one.
Method 1. Disk Management
1. Right click “My Computer/This PC” on the desktop, select “Manage”>“Storage”> “Disk Management” to open Disk Management.
2. Right click on the external hard drive to format and click on “Format…”in the
3. Select “NTFS” in the “File system” box and then tick “Perform a quick
4. Click “OK” to format the drive and wait until finished.
Method 2. Window File Explorer
1. Double click “My Computer/This PC” to open File Explorer.
Right click the drive you need to format and select “Format…”.
2. In the pop-out mini window, choose “NTFS” under File System
volume. Tick “Quick Format” and click “Start”.
Method 3. Diskpart Command Line
1. Open Command Prompt windows: click “Start” button, input “cmd” in the
“Search” box, right click the Command Prompt icon and select “Run as
2. Type the following commands in sequence and press Enter after each.
select disk #: # represents the disk number
list partition: to get how many partitions on the chosen disk
select partition #: # represents the partition number
format fs=ntfs quick
3. Then type “exit” to leave the Diskpart service.
Method 4. AOMEI Partition Assistant
The first three methods are Windows built-in tools, and they work well in normal
situations. But when the external hard drive is write-protected, becomes RAW file system, or gets damaged/corrupted,
these three tools might disappoint you.
So here we introduce you a much more powerful disk formatting tool: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This free software is able to format RAW/corrupted/read only external
hard drive to NTFS as well as other popular file systems like
FAT32/exFAT/Ext2/Ext3/Ext4. Besides, it can resize/move/delete/merge/copy partition
and convert data disk between MBR and GPT without data loss.
To format external hard drive to NTFS:
1. Download, install and launch AOMEI
Partition Assistant Standard. Right click the partition you need to format to NTFS
file system and choose “Format Partition”.
2. In the mini window, choose “NTFS” from the file system drop-down menu and
click “OK”. You can also set partition label to quickly distinguish it from others in future and change cluster size.
3. Click “Apply” and then “Proceed” to start formatting process.
If your external hard drive is with FAT32 file system, now you need to format it to
NTFS. AOMEI Partition Assistant offers “NTFS to FAT32 Converter” allows you to execute “convert” operation between FAT32
and NTFS file systems. That means you can directly convert FAT32 to NTFS instead of
formatting and vice versa, so your data on the partition will stay safe.
With so many effective methods, you can easily format external hard drive to NTFS
file system in Windows 10/8/7. If you want to manage your disk more conveniently
like migrating Windows drive between MBR and GPT disk, quick partitioning a hard
disk, and recovering lost partitions, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.