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I've got a 300GB external hard drive that is currently in FAT32 file system and I want to convert it to NTFS without losing the files. I run Windows 7, FAT32 to NTFS is possible? I heard there is a setup program to do this, but I don't know how to run it. Is there any suggestion?
The question above has been asked by many people. This often happens when a single file that larger than 4GB needs to be transferred to a FAT32 file system hard drive.
Two Options to Convert FAT32 to NTFS File System without Formatting
In Windows 7, FAT32 to NTFS can be done by using build-in Convert.exe. First you need to do is to open Command Prompt: Click Start button, choose All Programs, then point to Accessories, there you may find Command Prompt, just open it. In command window, enter “convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs”. After that, the target partition will be converted to NTFS file system. Please note that once the conversion is finished, you cannot convert it back to FAT32 system again unless you reformat the partition first.
You may also choose a third party Windows 7 disk partition utility to do the work. AOMEI Tech’s mature and reliable software—Partition Assistant is strongly recommend because unlike Command Prompt, it has no restriction on NTFS to FAT32.
How to Convert FAT32 to NTFS with AOMEI Partition Assistant?
Step1. Launch Partition Assistant. Right click the target partition, point to Advanced then choose “Convert to NTFS”.
Step2. Click “Apply” button on top left corner. Click “proceed” button to start the conversion.
Step3. Click “OK” to complete the conversion.
Like we mentioned above, if you would like to convert it back to FAT32 file system, the whole process is almost the same as convert from FAT32 to NTFS. You don’t have to reformat the partition.
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