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How to convert file system from FAT or FAT32 to NTFS- Partition Assistant Helps

AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to convert FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS without data loss, thus you can improve the partition performance.

AOMEI Post By AOMEI Updated May 13, 2024

Overview of convert FAT32 to NTFS

In computing, a file system is a method for storing and organizing computer files. A proper file system can improve the partition performance and will make it very easy to find and access data. Typically, there are three types of file systems, FAT, FAT32, and NTFS. NTFS is the recommended file system because NTFS is more powerful than FAT/FAT32 in areas such as data security, data consistency, and writing and retrieving speed.
AOMEI Partition Assistant can easily convert your partition to the new file system of NTFS even if it used FAT or FAT32 before. This kind of conversion will keep the content of your partition intact.

How to convert FAT32 to NTFS with Partition Assistant

Before you do

  • Download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant on a Windows computer.
  • If there are other applications running on the partition that you are going to perform, AOMEI Partition Assistant will notify you to close those applications or to execute this operation in PreOS Mode.

How to convert FAT32 to NTFS step by step

1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click a FAT12, FAT16, or FAT32 partition you want to convert to NTFS and select "Advanced"-> "Convert to NTFS". (You can also click the "Convert" main tab> "Converter to NTFS/FAT32" tool and then select "FAT32 to NTFS".)

Convert To NTFS

2. In the pop-up window, hit "OK" to continue.


3. You can preview the conversion operation by viewing the "Pending Operations". To commit the "Pending Operations", please click "Apply" and "Proceed".


4. Wait for the conversion to finish and then the FAT32 partition file system will be converted to NTFS successfully.


With the help of Partition Assistant and following the above steps, you can easily convert a FAT32 partition to NTFS without data loss.

To convert a FAT32 partition to NTFS is mainly used if you want to improve the partition performance in data security, data consistency, writing and retrieving speed, and so on. You can save a file over 4GB on the NTFS partition to better meet your daily requirements.

In Partition Assistant, you can also easily convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 as per your needs.



  • Apart from AOMEI Partition Assistant, you also can convert FAT to NTFS with the Windows built-in CMD program "Convert.exe".
  • Besides FAT to NTFS conversion, AOMEI Partition Assistant also provides a feature to convert a partition back to FAT or FAT32.
  • Compared with NTFS, FAT, and FAT32 have greater compatibility with external media such as XBOX, PS3, and Android. If you have these above-mentioned devices, make sure whether they need the FAT/FAT32 file system or not.


Q: How long will it take to convert FAT32 to NTFS?

A: The conversion will not take long. You can check the estimated time once you click the "Proceed" button. If there are bad sectors on the partition, the conversion will be longer and the process might fail.

Q: Is it safe to convert FAT32 to NTFS and will it cause data loss?

A: Normally, the conversion is safe and quick with your data intact. For security, you can also run a backup of your important data in advance.

Q: Should I format to FAT or NTFS?


A: The choice between FAT and NTFS file systems depends on your specific needs and the devices you're using.