To computer users, many of them know both NTFS and FAT32 file system. They both have their characteristics. Many people convert FAT32 to NTFS owing to its advanced security and compression features as well as its top-ranking performance. Even so, there still are some people want to know how to convert NTFS to FAT32 using command prompt. Why and what is the advantage of it?
Compared with NTFS, FAT32 has a distinct advantage. This file system is famous for its maximum compatibility. It almost supports all versions of Windows (both 32 bit and 64 bit), Mac, Linux, game consoles, and practically anything with a USB port. Thus, some Mac users, Linux users or game enthusiast want to know how to convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data.
How to convert NTFS to FAT32 using CMD?
It's very common for users to ask CMD for help when they have disk or partition problems on Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vitsa etc. However, when it comes to converting NTFS to FAT32 without formatting or losing data, it does not work properly. You will receive a message like below.
Sorry to say that, but you cannot convert NTFS to FAT32 from command prompt. If you do not mind losing all the data on that partition, you can format it to FAT32 file system using CMD. The detail steps are as follow:
If you follow the steps from above step by step, you can successfully format NTFS to FAT32. However, here comes another problem: if you do not backup the data on the partition ahead of time, you will lose them after all operations finish. So it's still not a wise choice. Below I will show you a compromise way to convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data or formatting.
How to convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data or formatting?
Some users are willing to convert NTFS to FAT32 on Windows 7/8/10, but they do not find a compromise way to convert it without losing data or formatting. Aside by that, some users say they do not want to spend money on a software as they only do this operation once or twice. To satisfy the needs of users, I will show you a freeware and tell you how to quickly finish this task.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, a magic software, is aimed at solving the disk or partition problems for Windows users. Other than CMD, you do not need to type many parameters and you just need a few clicks. At the same time, it can apply to all users even a beginner.
Step 1: Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click “Convert” in the top toolbar, and choose “Convert to NTFS/FAT32”.
Step 2: Select "NTFS to FAT32" in the following window and click "Next".
Notice: this function is designed for the conversion of NTFS and FAT32, so you can convert NTFS to FAT32, and vice versa.
Step 3: Select an NTFS partition and click "Next".
Step 4: Confirm that operation, click "Proceed" and wait for the final result.
Owing to the needs of users, here comes a question: how to convert NTFS to FAT32 using CMD? However, it’s not a question at all. You are not allowed to do that in Windows. However, in AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can convert it on Windows 7/8/10 etc at ease. Try it.