By Lucas / Last Updated April 28, 2023

FAT 32 and NTFS are two kinds of file system. FAT 32 is widely used in different kinds of equipments, like hard disk, DVD player, game console and so on. At the same time, it supports the operating system of Windows XP, Linux, Mac, Android, and Windows Phone. However, there are several disadvantages of this type of file system. For example, 4GB is its maximum single file size and the limitation of partition capacity is 2TB.

NTFS has no limiting size of single files and it owns the top capacity of 256TB for partition size. Meanwhile, adding code or pressure for files is available. It is also highly recommended by Microsoft and Windows 7 and later OS are come with this file system. But still, it has few shortcomings. Many facilities, like the type of PS3 and Xbox game machine, do not support NTFS. What's more, it cannot be identified in the system of Android, Windows ME, etc.

If you want to save a movie with 10GB in your FAT 32 file system-based hard drive, what would you do? Would you want to separately keep it? No, it is too trouble. In this case, you may feel NTFS is a good assistant due to its features and advantages. Thus, converting FAT32 to NTFS is necessary.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS using CMD

Step 1: Go Star > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.

Step 2: In the command prompt window, type: convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs. For instance, if you want to convert E drive from FAT32 to NTFS, type: convert E: /fs:ntfs and press Enter.

Step 3: Follow to prompt to enter current volume label for your drive E. Press Enter and the E drive will be formatted and changed to NTFS.

convert E

This method only has few procedures and is easy for proficient. However, all data on the partition will be formatted. You can backup partition beforehand and do the converting yet it is too much time-consuming. Besides, this command prompt is not suitable for every user, especially for computer novice.

Therefore, you need to find a tool to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional allows you to change file system between FAT32 and NTFS without formatting in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, 11.

How to convert FAT32 to NTFS and keep data?

Step 1: Download this AOMEI NTFS to FAT32 Convertor, install and run it. Click “Convert” in the top toolbar, and choose “Convert to NTFS/FAT32”.


Step 2: Select the partition you want to convert from the list and click “Next”. It will start to convert immediately. Go back to Disk Management and check the file system.

FAT Partition List

Having done all of the procedures above, the conversion is OK. You needn't to reboot the computer. How convenient it is! Above methods can be used to convert FAT32 to NTFS on USB drive or external hard drive as long as they can be recognized by Windows.

In fact, AOMEI Partition Assistant is also a great Gptgen alternative that you can used to convert disk between MBR and GPT. Now, download it to experience all of its features!