By AOMEI / Last Updated January 24, 2018

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(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: /fs:ntfs”.

Command Line

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…”.

Click Format

Step 2: Type the volume label, select NTFS. By default, perform a quick format. Then click OK.

Format D

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.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

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.

Convert to NTFS

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 the operation.

Confirm Operation

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 preferences.

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.