If you’ve got an external hard drve or USB flash drive formatted
with the FAT32 file system in Windows 10, you might have found that you need to convert
FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 because of certain reasons.
NTFS & FAT32
NTFS(New Technology File System), a file system for formatting computer hard disks so
they can store information. NTFS provides several improvements over earlier FAT file
system, including file and folder permissions, encryption, and file compression.
FAT32 file system is backward with the performance that supports the maximum
partition capacity of 2 TB, and a single file size of 4GB. If you need to store TV
plays with 35 GB; it is trouble for you to store separately in multiple little files
less than 4GB.
Advantages of NTFS
Basically speaking, NTFS has the following advantages over FAT32.
Support larger partition and file size.
More efficient disk space management.
Support partition, folder and file compression.
Reasonable system sources allocation improves system security.
Access permission for shared source, folder and file enables higher security.
How to convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10
Basically, there are three ways to convert FAT32 to NTFS Windows 10.
Method 1: Convert FAT32 to NTFS using cmd
To convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 with cmd, you should do the following.
Step 1: Press Windows + R to start Run. Type cmd and hit Enter. If you want to
convert partition D to NTFS file system, in command prompt, type: “convert D:
Step 2: Then you will be asked to type the current volume label of the drive. After
entering the label name, the conversion process will start. Once it gets completed,
you will get a message in command prompt saying Conversion Complete.
Once you convert FAT to NTFS, you cannot simply convert it back to FAT or FAT32. You
will need to reformat the drive or partition which will erase all data, including
programs and personal files, on the partition.
Converting FAT32 to NTFS Windows 10 with cmd is easy to handle. However, if you
receive error message Conversion
from FAT32 to NTFS is not available, you have to fix those errors one by one
and then complete conversion, in this way, it would be troublesome.
Method 2: Format FAT32 to NTFS Windows 10 with disk management
Step 1: Press Windows + R to start Run. Type “diskmgmt.msc” and click OK. Right-click
the partition you want to convert and select “Format…”.
Step 2: Type the volume label, select NTFS. By default, perform a quick format. Then
This method is fast and easy. If the hard drive is empty, it’s ok, you will not
suffer any loss. However, if there is some important data, when you click format,
you will lose all your data and suffer a great loss. To protect data, You had better
backup the partition you
will format in advance.
Method 3: Best way to convert FAT32 to NTFS Windows 10 without data loss
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional has a function: NTFS to FAT32 Converter, which
is a professional software to convert NTFS to FAT32 Windows 10 without losing data,
and it also supports to convert FAT or FAT32 to NTFS file system. Meanwhile, it is a
reliable, efficient and easy-to-use Windows file system converter.
Step 1: Download AOMEI Partition
Assistant Professionaland launch the software.
Step 2: Right click the partition you want to convert and choose “Advanced”, then
click “Convert to NTFS”. At last, click OK in prompt up and then click “Apply” to
save the conversion.
Or you can click NTFS to FAT32 Converter, choose FAT32 to NTFS, then click next. Find
the partition you want to convert and click next. At last, click Proceed to confirm
With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you do not have to format
partition and you do not have to worry about data loss. Besides Windows 10, it also
supports Windows 8.1/8/7, Windows Visa, XP, 2000 Professional SP4. What’s more,
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional has many functions that Disk Management does
not have, for instance: move partition, resize partition, etc.
Basically, you have three ways to convert FAT32 to NTFS Windows 10, all of which
requires little time and efforts. You can choose according to your own
As a matter of fact, AOMEI Partition Assistant has many other powerful features. For
example, you can convert GPT to MBR during Windows install or after
Windows install. The software also supports Quick Partition a hard drive, partition
alignment, change partition type ID, etc.