“Can exFAT be converted to NTFS?”
“I have bought Passport 1TB hard drive with formatted to be exFAT by default. But when I installed it to the Samsung TV. It cannot be read. The operator of the Samsung said that i need to format my HDD to NTFS file system. So how can i convert exFAT to NTFS without losing its data? Any help will be appreciated!”
Compared with FAT32 file system, both NTFS and exFAT have no realistic file-size or partition-size limits. If your storage devices are not compatible with exFAT file system and you don’t want to limited by FAT32, NTFS is a great choice. But how can you convert exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10, 8, 7? Here comes the answer.
How to change exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7?
Although there are many disk formatting tools that allows you to directly convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing any data, there is not any exFAT to NTFS converter available by far. Therefore, to convert exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 to make the drive readable and usable by some specific devices that only recognize NTFS, you need to format it again. There are 4 methods for that.
To convert exFAT to NTFS without losing data, please back up the partition first. For this, you can make use of the free AOMEI Backupper software.
Method 1. Format exFAT to NTFS through File Explorer
Insert the USB drive to your PC and make sure it is detected, then take the following steps:
1. Open the File Explorer, right-click the USB drive and select “Format...” from the drop-down menu.
2. Choose “NTFS” under file system tab, tick “Quick Format” and click “Start” to begin formatting the drive to NTFS.
Method 2. Format exFAT to NTFS using Disk Management
Disk Management works as an excellent Windows native tool to manage the disk, now you can use it to format partition from exFAT to NTFS.
Open Disk Management by right-clicking “This PC”--> Manage --> Disk Management. Then, right-click the USB drive, hit“Format..”, choose “NTFS” from File System option.
Method 3. Convert exFAT to NTFS via command prompt
For some computer experts, using command prompt is a quite popular way to convert exFAT to NTFS. But when you open Command Prompt and type: convert E: /FS: NTFS (replace E: with your drive letter), you’ll get an error message saying: CONVERT is not available for EXFAT drives.
In order to change file system from exFAT to NTFS, you have to turn to a different syntax: format. Here is the guide on how to format hard drive using command prompt:
1. Press Windows+R simultaneously to open Run. Input cmd and hit Enter, right click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator.
2. Type: format E: /FS: NTFS (replace E: with your drive letter) and hit Enter.
Basically, the formatting process won’t take a long time.
Method 4. Change exFAT to NTFS with free partition manager
If you fail to convert exFAT to NTFS via the above methods for no reason, you can turn to a free partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This freeware can force format hard drive successfully even when the disk partition is damaged or write-protected due to a corrupted file system. Apart from formatting drive, it offers many other advanced functions including cloning partition to another drive, creating partition, merging partitions, moving partition and more.
1. Download the free exFAT to NTFS converter software. Then install and run it to enter the main interface, right click the partition you want to change from exFAT to NTFS. Select "Format Partition" from the given list.
2. In the mini window, choose “NTFS” and click "OK" to continue.
3. Click “Apply” and then "Proceed" in the main interface to complete formatting.
After you finish the conversion from exFAT to NTFS, you can restore the backups you have made before to the hard disk partition now.
Now, I believe you must know how to convert exFAT to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 after walking through the 4 different ways we offer. However, the last one - AOMEI Partition Assistant should be highly recommended since it is powerful enough to deal with many other tough jobs which sometimes cannot be done via Windows native tools like formatting 2B hard drive to FAT32 successfully and deleting hidden partition on USB Drive.
Besides, its Pro edition offers more amazing functions such as migrating OS to SSD, splitting partition, allocating free space from one partition to another, and its Server Edition is developed for users running Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016, 2019 and SBS 2003, 2008, 2011.