Can I convert external hard drive to NTFS without formatting?
“I get an error saying that the file is too large for the destination file system
when I try to copy 5.02GB file to my external hard drive. After researching on
internet, I know that I can change the file system of my external hard drive from
FAT32 to NTFS as FAT32 formatted drive doesn’t support to store file beyond 2GB. I
can format the external drive to NTFS within Disk Management. But there are some
files on it and I don’t want to lose them. Is there a way to convert it to NTFS
How to convert to NTFS without losing data?
When you encounter file
too large for the destination file system error on external hard drive or USB
flash drive, it’s not a bad choice to convert the drive to NTFS. You change the file
system of external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS easily by formatting via Windows
File Explorer or Disk Management. If you are unwilling to format external hard
drive, you can refer to the two following ways to convert external hard drive to
NTFS from FAT32.
Convert FAT32 to NTFS via Command Prompt
To convert FAT32 external hard drive to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7, do as the steps given
1. Press Windows +R at the same time to open Run
dialogue. Then, input cmd and hit Enter.
2. In the pop-up window, type convert N: /fs:ntfs
“N” is the drive letter assigned to the partition on the external hard drive that you
want to convert.
3. You can be asked to type the current volume label of the drive. If so, input the
label and wait for the process to finish.
Note: There are chances that you will encounter the error that
the conversion is failed; N: was not converted to NTFS during FAT32 to NTFS
conversion. When you are in such condition, refer to Conversion
from FAT32 to NTFS Volume is not available in Windows 7.
Convert FAT32 to NTFS via a 3rd party partition tool
When you are familiar with Windows, it’s rather easy to convert FAT32 to NTFS. But if
you are not, the whole process might be a little bit complicated. At this point, you
can turn to a third party partition tool – AOMEI
Partition Assistant Professional.
It is with concise graphic user interface, making it is very easy to handle. Apart
from converting external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card to NTFS from FAT32, it
allows you to convert NTFS
to FAT32 without formatting as well. Supposed that your computer is
running Windows 10 and take at look at how it convert external hard drive to NTFS:
Step 1. Install and run this software. In the main console, right
click the external hard drive and go to Advanced > Convert
Step 2. If there are some errors on the partition, you can use
chkdsk.exe/ F before converting. If not, click OK immediately.
Step 3. Click Apply and Proceed to
commit FAT32 to NTFS conversion for external hard drive.