By Cherry / Last Updated August 7, 2019

About NTFS and FAT32

NTFS and FAT32 are two different file systems that are being used by the computer or more appropriately, the operating system. The FAT is the short of File Allocation Table, which is used in the early computer. And the FAT32 is an extension which means that data is stored in chunks of 32 bits. The NTFS, stands for New Technology File System, took over from FAT as the primary file system being used in Windows. Here we compared between those two different files system like the following form.




Max. Partition size



Max. File Name

8.3 Characters

255 Characters

Max. File Size



File/Folder Encryption



Fault Tolerance


Auto Repair


Only Network

Local and Network






Not Allowed


Windows95/97/98, WindowsMe, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP/Vista

Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10,

Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016

The truth is that users would like to convert between NTFS and FAT32 file systems. And this article will introduce you when you need to convert NTFS to FAT32 on Server 2012 and how to do it.

When convert NTFS to FAT32 on Windows Server 2012?

Generally, there are many situations you need to convert NTFS to FAT32.

If you need to use the drive on the Windows operating system which is not compatible with NTFS, you need to convert to FAT32 to solve the problem;

You may meet the problem that your hard drive cannot show on your device, that may because of your device (such as XBox 360, PS3, etc) is FAT32 support while the drive is NTFS file system. In this situation, you need to convert NTFS to FAT32 to solve it.


How to Convert NTFS to FAT32 Server 2012?

You may easily convert NTFS to FAT32 in theory. But the reverse is not true because NTFS follows a secure protocol. Thus, the most effective way is to backup all data on the hard drive and format the disk to FAT32 File System. Here provides you two ways to change NTFS to FAT32 on Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012 convert NTFS to FAT32

You know that Windows Sever 2012 allows you to format partition. Click the Start, select Server Manager. Click Tools in Server Manager, select Computer Management, and click Disk Management.

Disk Management

Then, Select the partition that you need to convert to FAT32, right click it, and choose Format.


It will pop up a window that you can format the partition, but you will find that you cannot choose to format NTFS to FAT32 here.

No FAT32

Here you will find that with the Disk Management, you cannot convert NTFS to FAT32 on Windows Server 2012. Thus, you need to find another way to change NTFS to FAT32. Well, is there any way that can convert MTFS to FAT32 Server 2012 while retaining all data on the disk?

Convert NTFS to FAT32 Server 2012 without losing data

As we mentioned above, consider the security of NTFS, convert NTFS to FAT32 on Windows Server 2012 isn’t a simple thing, let alone convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data. Fortunately, if you make use of the third party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, it enables you to easily complete NTFS to FAT32 conversion without data loss. Here are detailed steps:

1. Connect the NTFS external hard drive you need to convert to FAT32 to your Server 2012.Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

2. To convert NTFS to FAT32 on Server 2012 without losing data, here you need to open NTFS to FAT32 Converter through clicking All Tools > NTFS to FAT32 Converter.


3. You will move into the wizard to convert NTFS to FAT32 while keeping the old data on the drive. Choose NTFS to FAT32 and click Next button.

Ntfs To Fat32

4. Choose the NTFS partition that you want to convert to FAT32 and click Next.


Note: The program will analyze the partition if there are compressed and encrypted files featured with NTFS. Also, it allows you directly process the files just by clicking "Start to decompress there compressed files" and "Start to decrypt these encrypted files".

5. Confirm the partition that will be converted to FAT32, then, click Proceed and Yes.


6. The conversion is been executed, and you will receive a message after completing the conversion.


Wrap things up

With AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, you can easily convert NTFS to FAT32 on Server 2012 (R2). This software can work with Windows Server 2019/2016/2008 (R2)/2003 as well. As a greate and comprehensive parititon manager for WIndows Server, it can help you ot manager your disks and partiions better. For example, you can use it to extend system partition on Windows Server; converting dynamic disk into basic wihtout losing data.