About FAT32 and NTFS
NTFS and FAT32 are the most ordinary file systems in computers. Before you try to
convert NTFS to FAT32, you’d better have a brief knowledge of them. FAT32 has
different performances and requirements comparing to NTFS file system when they are
in use. Generally speaking, FAT32, as traditional file system, is compatible with
external media like XBOX, PS3, and Android etc. It has great compatibility with
However, the limitation of it is unable to support partition bigger than 2 TB and
single file that has a size more than 4 GB. It is also easier to cause disk
fragments when using the FAT32 file system. Compared to FAT32, NTFS file system is
more powerful on data security, data consistency, the speed of reading and writing
and retrieval because of its more advanced technology. Although as the latest file
system, NTFS cannot recognize aforementioned external media.
Why reformat to FAT32 from NTFS?
After knowing the differences between FAT32 and NTFS, you may understand why you need
to do this. In a nutshell, you have to format partition to FAT32 as long as the
device does not support NTFS and recognize FAT32 only. For instance, you cannot play
games on PS4 or PS3 when it formatted with NTFS.
Well, what’s the solution of reformatting to FAT32? Actually, you possess two ways to
realize the goal: Built-in Disk Management and mighty freeware--AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
How to reformat to FAT32 with Disk Management?
In the first place, backup
files you care most before you start. Open Disk Management, right-click
the drive you want to format and select “Format”.
In the second place, select “FAT32” from the drop down menu. Tick
the box in front of “Quick Format”, and then click “OK”.
It is easy and fast. You can achieve the same goal using Diskpart in CMD. Press+key to start Run box. Then type in “diskpart” and pressto
open Command Prompt. Input following commands in order and each command is followed
Note: Formatting the USB storage device will delete all contents on
It is important to know that Windows built-in tools won’t allow user to format
partition that greater than 32GB to FAT32. In that case, you need to turn to other
format programs. Aforementioned software is a good choice in formatting hard drive
partition. Now, download AOMEI Partition Assistantand have a try, surely you will be surprised.
Reformat file system to FAT32 with AOMEI Partition Assistant
Step1. Install and launch it. Right-click the drive and select
“Format Partition”(D:, NTFS)
Step2. Type in partition label and select “FAT32”.
Step3. The file system of D: drive is FAT32 now. Click “Apply” to
execute this operation.
With the easy-to-use and neat interface, you can reformat to FAT32 in three steps and
with no worry about size problem. You can format USB
drive to FAT32 in Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista. However, if you
do not want to lose the data in NTFS partition during the process of converting NTFS
to FAT32, you can reformat drive to FAT32 without losing data using NTFS to FAT32 Converter (free) feature of AOMEI
Partition Assistant. Except for reformatting to FAT32, you can also reformat to NTFS
when the need is ever arises in the future. You can also reformat a hard
driveentirely using this software.
Simultaneously, AOMEI Partition Assistant is embedded with many helpful utilities,
such as Resize Partition, Move Partition, Copy Disk/Partition, Command Line
Partitioning and Quick Partition etc. Feel relieved to use this software, because it
supports basically all Windows OS, like Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Windows 2000
Pro SP4 (both 32 & 64 bit).