Reformat Hard Drive to FAT32 from NTFS with Free Tool

August 15, 2017

How do you reformat used hard drive partition or USB flash drive partition to FAT32 file system from NTFS? You can complete this job in three ways, Disk Management, Diskpart and AOMEI Partition Assistant.

About FAT32 and NTFS

NTFS and FAT32 are the most ordinary file systems in computers. Before you try to convert NTFS to FAT32, you’d better have a brief knowledge of them. FAT32 has different performances and requirements comparing to NTFS file system when they are in use. Generally speaking, FAT32, as traditional file system, is compatible with external media like XBOX, PS3, and Android etc. It has great compatibility with software. 

However, the limitation of it is unable to support partition bigger than 2 TB and single file that has a size more than 4 GB. It is also easier to cause disk fragments when using the FAT32 file system. Compared to FAT32, NTFS file system is more powerful on data security, data consistency, the speed of reading and writing and retrieval because of its more advanced technology. Although as the latest file system, NTFS cannot recognize aforementioned external media.

Why reformat to FAT32 from NTFS?

After knowing the differences between FAT32 and NTFS, you may understand why you need to do this. In a nutshell, you have to format partition to FAT32 as long as the device does not support NTFS and recognize FAT32 only. For instance, you cannot play games on PS4 or PS3 when it formatted with NTFS.

Well, what’s the solution of reformatting to FAT32? Actually, you possess two ways to realize the goal: Built-in Disk Management and mighty freeware--AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

How to reformat to FAT32 with Disk Management?

In the first place, backup files you care most  before you start. Open Disk Management, right-click the drive you want to format and select “Format”.

Disk Management Format

In the second place, select “FAT32” from the drop down menu. Tick the box in front of “Quick Format”, and then click “OK”.

It is easy and fast. You can achieve the same goal using Diskpart in CMD. Press <Windows> + <R> key to start Run box. Then type in “diskpart” and press <Enter> to open Command Prompt. Input following commands in order and each command is followed by <Enter>.

  • list volume

  • select volume X (X is the partition on USB drive)

  • format fs=fat32 quick 

  • exit 


Diskpart Format to FAT32

Note: Formatting the USB storage device will delete all contents on the device.

It is important to know that Windows built-in tools won’t allow user to format partition that greater than 32GB to FAT32. In that case, you need to turn to other format programs. Aforementioned software is a good choice in formatting hard drive partition. Now, download AOMEI Partition Assistant and have a try, surely you will be surprised.

Reformat file system to FAT32 with AOMEI Partition Assistant

Step1. Install and launch it. Right-click the drive and select “Format Partition”(D:, NTFS)

PA Format Partition

Step2. Type in partition label and select “FAT32”.

Edit Partition

Step3. The file system of D: drive is FAT32 now. Click “Apply” to execute this operation.

Apply

With the easy-to-use and neat interface, you can reformat to FAT32 in three steps and with no worry about size problem. You can format USB drive to FAT32 in Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista. However, if you do not want to lose the data in NTFS partition during the process of converting NTFS to FAT32, you can reformat drive to FAT32 without losing data using NTFS to FAT32 Converter (free) feature of AOMEI Partition Assistant. Except for reformatting to FAT32, you can also reformat to NTFS when the need is ever arises in the future. You can also reformat a hard driveentirely using this software. 

Simultaneously, AOMEI Partition Assistant is embedded with many helpful utilities, such as Resize Partition, Move Partition, Copy Disk/Partition, Command Line Partitioning and Quick Partition etc. Feel relieved to use this software, because it supports basically all Windows OS, like Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Windows 2000 Pro SP4 (both 32 & 64 bit).