Why need to convert Windows 7 NTFS to FAT32?
As far as I have concerned, there are two main file systems including NTFS and FAT, and FAT comprises FAT16 and FAT32. FAT32 is the most advanced FAT file system and has many enhancements over previous FAT file systems, for instance, it supports drives up to 2 terabytes in size and uses space more efficiently. It is more robust so that you can relocate the root folder and uses the backup copy of the file allocation table instead of the default copy. Additionally, FAT32 is more flexible, it overcame the shortage of previous limitations on the number of root folder entries and thus she root folder on a FAT32 drive can be located anywhere on the drive.
FAT32 is indeed improved greatly in comparison with previous FAT file systems, but by contrast, FAT32 still has many weaknesses compared with NTFS. In that case, you may wonder why need to convert Windows 7 NTFS to FAT32. NTFS is truly more powerful in reliability, disk space utilization and better performance, but it cannot be well applied to all operating systems like Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and devices and machines such as PS3 and XBOX 360, etc.
Ways of converting Windows 7 NTFS to FAT32
Here are the two commonly used methods to convert Windows 7 to FAT32: reformatting partition with Windows snap-in utilities and converting NTFS to FAT32 with third-party software.
You may convert FAT32 to NTFS simply with a command on Windows, but if you want to convert NTFS back to FAT32, you have no choice but to reformat the partition back to FAT32 and it would be more complicated if the partition you want to format is larger than 32GB.
- 1. Open my Computer
- 2. Right click on the partition that need to format, then select “Format…”
- 3. Then choose“FAT32” in “File System” and then “Quick format”
- 4. Finally “Start” button.
After a series of operations, the NTFS partition will be reformatted as FAT32, but as mentioned above, you cannot format the partition which size is over 32GB, and thus you need to split the partition and backup data first. To avoid these complex steps and convert NTFS directly to FAT32 without reformatting and data loss, you need to use the third-party software — AOMEI Partition Assistant.
AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good solver to end the tedious process and your puzzle, as you launch the software, you will see its users-friendly interface and its operations are even simpler just with a few clicks of your mouse. AOMEI Partition Assistant is designed special for Windows platforms and it has different editions for you to choose from.
It would be a great assistant for you to convert Windows 7 NTFS to FAT32 and you may click here to learn more about convert NTFS to FAT32 without reformatting and losing data or download the software to have a try.