NTFS and FAT32
NTFS and FAT file systems have existed for a long time, and both of them were improving and upgrading in performance. The most commonly used file systems including NTFS and FAT32 were improved vastly and have been being highly valued by users. They different from each other in features but as well as complement one another at the same time.
NTFS Vs FAT32
NTFS is the preferred file system for this version of Windows like Windows XP, Vista, etc. it has many advantages over earlier FAT32 file system, including:
- The capability to recover from some disk-related errors automatically
- Support for larger hard disks
- Better security for personal files
As so many benefits, you may definitely do want to store any sensitive files on drives or partitions formatted with NTFS file systems or for other uses.
FAT32 is used in earlier versions of Windows like Windows 95, Windows 98 and so on and it does not have the security that NTFS provides, but FAT32 is compatible with more devices such as game consoles including PS3 and XBOX360. A typical situation in which you need to use FAT32 is to run more than one operating system on your PC, which is known as multiboot configuration.
Change NTFS to FAT32 without formatting on Windows 8
If that is the case, and there is no FAT32 or FAT primary partition (one that can host an operating system), you need to change or format the primary partition from NTFS to FAT32 first and then install the operating system onto it. On Windows operating system, like Windows 8, if you want to change NTFS to FAT32, the only way you can use is to format one partition to FAT32. Undoubtedly, formatting partition will cause data loss or some other troubles and in that case, third-party software is a wise choice. AOMEI Partition Assistant, a professional file system conversion software, its built-in "convert NTFS and FAT32" function can help you change NTFS to FAT32 without formatting and data loss, additionally, it’s easy to operate and free of charge.
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