By Emily / Last Updated October 30, 2019

Hot issues on how to convert exFAT to NTFS in Windows

While scanning all types of forums, we find that many computer users are wondering how to convert exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10. Below is one case we extract from answers.microsoft.com:

“I have bought 64GB USB Memory Stick. But I am not able to format this drive into NTFS file system. I have got Windows 10 operating system. It is only allowing me to formate it into EXFAT only. I have tried different partition softwares to convert the exFAT into NTFS but still no luck at all.”

Generally, converting exFAT to NTFS is not difficult as long as you do it in a right way. Good news is that today we will illustrate how to change exFAT into NTFS successfully in different ways.

4 ways: convert exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7

Usually, to convert exFAT to NTFS for some specific reasons, there are 4 methods you can have a try. Next we will show you how to convert a USB drive from exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10 as an example via each method. In order to avoid data loss during the conversion, you can back up the partition first.

1. Format exFAT to NTFS through File Explorer

Insert the USB drive to your PC and make sure it is detected, then take the following steps:

Step1. Open the File Explorer, right-click the USB drive and select “Format...” from the drop-down menu.

Step2. Choose “NTFS” under file system tab, tick “Quick Format” and click “Start” to begin formatting the drive to NTFS.

2. Format exFAT to NTFS using Disk Management

Disk Management works as an excellent Windows native tool to manage the disk, now you can use it to format partition from exFAT to NTFS.

Open Disk Management by right-clicking “This PC”--> Manage --> Disk Management. Then, right-click the USB drive, hit“Format..”, choose “NTFS” from File System option.

DM Format exFAT To NTFS

3. Convert exFAT to NTFS via command prompt

For some computer experts, using command prompt is a quite popular way to convert exFAT to NTFS. But when you open Command Prompt and type: convert E: /FS: NTFS (replace E: with your drive letter), you’ll get an error message saying: CONVERT is not available for EXFAT drives.

Convert to NTFS

In order to change file system from exFAT to NTFS, you have to turn to a different syntax: format. Here is the guide on how to format hard drive using command prompt:

Step 1. Press Windows+R simultaneously to open Run. Input cmd and hit Enter, right click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type: format E: /FS: NTFS (replace E: with your drive letter) and hit Enter.

Format exFAT To NTFS

Basically, the formatting process won’t take a long time. If you think using the Windows built-in tools to convert exFAT to NTFS is not as simple as you expected, and sometimes the “Windows was unable to complete the format” error occurs, you can turn to a professional exfat to ntfs converter.

4. Change exFAT to NTFS with freeware - AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a popular third-party disk/partition management tool that offer many basic functions to manage disk/partition including copying partition, creating partition, converting FAT32 to NTFS without data loss and more.

It is designed with user-friendly interface, easy-to-use for both experts and newbie in IT field. Within several clicks, you can convert partition from exFAT to NTFS on SD card, external hard drive, USB flash drive, pen drive, etc in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Download the free exFAT to NTFS converter software. Then install and run it to enter the main interface, right click the partition you want to change from exFAT to NTFS. Select "Format Partition" from the given list.

Format exFAT Partition 30GB

Step 2. In the mini window, choose “NTFS” and click "OK" to continue.

Select NTFS 30GB

Step 3. Click “Apply” and then "Proceed" in the main interface to complete formatting.

Apply Proceed exFAT To NTFS 30GB

After you finish conversion from exFAT to NTFS, you can restore the backups you have made before to the hard disk partition now.

Bottom line

Now, I believe you must know how to convert exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 after walking through the 4 different ways we offer. However, the last one - AOMEI Partition Assistant should be highly recommended since it is powerful enough to deal with many other tough jobs which sometimes cannot be done via Windows native tools like formatting 2B hard drive to FAT32 successfully and deleting hidden partition on USB Drive.

Besides, its Pro edition offers more amazing functions such as migrating OS to SSD, and its Server Edition is developed for users running Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016 and SBS 2003, 2008, 2011.