By Emily / Last Updated March 7, 2019


“I just got a 32GB USB flash drive from my brother, formatted to be FAT32. When I was transferring a 5 GB files to it, it failed and popped up an error message saying ‘File is too large for the destination file system’. I googled it and knew that is about file size restriction. And I need to format it to NTFS to break out its 4GB size limitation on single file. So how can I change FAT32 to NTFS in Windows computer?”

Use Diskpart to format hard drive to NTFS (Command Line)

Generally speaking, most users will choose Disk management or File Explorer when it comes to formatting hard drive to NTFS. However, sometimes they will fail and get various formatting errors like “Windows was unable to complete the format” “The format did not complete successfully” or some else.

In such case, Diskpart (Command Line based formatting) will be their prior choice. Therefore, the next section we'll walk you through the steps to use DiskPart to format NTFS.

Warning: formatting operation will erase everything on the drive you select. It is crucial that you correctly choose the drive you decide to format. It is always advised to back up data before proceeding.

Step 1. Press the “Windows key + X” on your keyboard to open the Power User menu and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” to launch Command Prompt. In Windows 7, you need to launch it in a different way: click “Start” button, input “cmd” in the “Search” box, right click the Command Prompt icon and select “Run as administrator”.

Step 2. Type “Diskpart” in the Command Prompt and press “Enter”.

Step 3. Type “list disk” and press “Enter”: get all the available disks on your computer

Step 4. Type “select disk” and hit “Enter”:select the disk where the partition you want to format to NTFS is on. Here we select disk 1.

Step 5. Type “list partition” and press “Enter”: to list all partitions existing on the selected disk.

Step 6. Type “select partition ” and hit “Enter”: select the partition which needs to be formatted. Here we select partition 1.

Step 7. Type “format fs=ntfs quick” and press “Enter”: to format the selected drive to NTFS file system.

Diskpart Format NTFS

When the formatting process is completed, you can run the “exit” command to close DiskPart.

User-friendly GUI tool to format hard drive to NTFS

Under common situations, you can successfully format hard drive to NTFS, FAT32 via Diskpart. However, when the hard disk is corrupted or stuck in RAW file system, there are chances that you will be disappointed. Then you can turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is a free yet powerful disk formatting tool for Windows 10/8/7 users to format hard drive to NTFS, FAT32, Ext4, Ext3, Ext2 and exFAT even when the selected hard drive is RAW. Now you can download the freeware and follow the below guide to format a disk partition to NTFS.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the partition you plan to format and choose “Format Partition”.

Format FAT32 Partition

Step 2. In the mini window, choose “NTFS” from the given File System options and click “OK”.

Choose NTFS

Step 3. Back to the main interface, click “Apply” and then “Proceed” to start the formatting process.


Summing Up

If you think running Diskpart to format NTFS is too complicated to learn, it is highly recommended to use AOMEI Partition Assistant. More importantly, it provides “NTFS to FAT32 Converter” , allowing you to convert FAT32 to NTFS, or NTFS to FAT32 without data loss (formatting). If you upgrade it to Professional edition, more advanced features will be available, such as migrating OS drive to SSD, converting system disk from between MBR and GPT, extending system drive, recovering lost partition and more.