NTFS Vs FAT32 and Inter-Conversion

December 18, 2014

NTFS and FAT32 are the two basic file systems, they have different features and have different uses. So make conversions between NTFS and FAT32 is a procedure commonly used in Windows and other operating systems. You can do that with command or y formatting on Windows or other ways, such as third-party software.

NTFS and FAT32 are the two types of file systems. FAT32 is the older of the two drive formats, while NTFS is the newer one. You may find some different characters in NTFS vs FAT32. FAT32 is the most common version of the FAT file system, its single file size support tops to 4GB and partition size tops to 2TB, which means you’re limited to 2TB FAT32 partitions. So if you want to use a over 2TB drive, it’s better to not format partitions as FAT32. While in that case, NTFS is limited by design to 256TB, on the other hand, it is fully compatible with Windows from Windows NT 3.1 and Windows XP and above.

By NTFS vs FAT32, NTFS is far more powerful in reliability, disk space utilization and overall performance than FAT32. But FAT32 is also compatible with a majority of operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and some of consoles like PS3 or XBOX 360, etc.

NOTE: You can make conversion between the two file systems no matter which one you are using.

Now that there are so many differences between NTFS and FAT32, it is necessary to make conversions between the two file systems to support different types of devices (e.g. XBOX) as required. Common sense is that FAT32 can be converted to NTFS but not so easy to convert NTFS back to FAT32. Let’s see the details:

1. Direct conversion between NTFS vs FAT32

FAT32 to NTFS: Command ‘convert drive letter: /fs:ntfs’ will help you achieve the goal with ease, it’s easy to convert FAT32 to NTFS, but not so easy to convert back to FAT32.

NTFS to FAT32: In order to convert to FAT32, you have to format partitions and you may refer to the details by following the next steps:

  • Open my Computer
  • Right click on the partition/drive that you want to format and choose the ‘Format…’button
  • Select ‘FAT32’ in the “File system” and choose ‘Quick format’
  • Select ‘Start’ button, it could cost minutes (depending on the file size)

Note: If the drive you want to format is larger than 32GB, the ‘FAT32’ option would be invalid. To solve this problem, free AOMEI Partition Assistant could help you a lot.

Screenshot for ‘convert NTFS to FAT32’

2. Make conversion with FREEWARE--AOMEI Partition Assistant

It’s truthfully difficult that convert NTFS to FAT32 without third-party software, but with the help of free AOMEI Partition Assistant, both convert FAT32 to NTFS and NTFS to FAT32 are easy for all users. What you need to do is just follow the wizards with a few clicks of the mouse. Let’s the interfaces of the two functions:

Click “NTFS to FAT32 Converter” in the interface

Interface of ‘Fat32 to NTFS'

Here’s some suggestion about to which file system to use by NTFS vs FAT32, it’s better to format some volumes as FAT32 if there is more than one operating system (such as Windows 7 and Mac OS) on a single computer so that both OSs can read the drive. By NTFS vs FAT32, NTFS is a better choice if there is only Windows OS. Both NTFS and FAT32 have their own advantages, convert between NTFS and FAT32 are commonly used in file systems, FREE AOMEI Partition Assistant makes it easy and ensures the safety of data, you may download the software to convert them.