Today NTFS is enjoying much popularity than FAT32. As to the reasons, first of all, NTFS support partitions up to 2TB, and NTFS enables to compress files and make encryption. In addition, if a single file is larger than 4GB, partitions formatted to FAT32 cannot save it. Due to these reasons, NTFS is more and more widely used, despite that the writing speed of FAT32 is much faster. (See FAT32 limitations to know more.)
As most users know, Windows provides a built-in disk manager called Disk Management to help users manage their hard drives. However, when it comes to converting FAT32 to NTFS, Disk Management is not helpful at all, for no such an option is offered. If users have to find a way to do this, maybe the Format option can work to a certain extent. However, formatting will lead to data loss. Thus, users have to transfer important files to another location before they go ahead and reformat FAT32 to NTFS.
Do we have a reliableway to convert FAT32 to NTFS without formatting? Of course! Here in this post, we will show you two easy yet free ways to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data.
Way 1. CMD Convert
It is wise to think about CMD when users need to manage hard drives, for this tool sometimes can bring a surprise. In this file system conversion issue, CMD works perfectly to convert FAT32 to NTFS without formatting. Here is how to use this tool:
At Windows Start menu, type CMD and run it as administrator. Then in the pop-up command line window, type “convert driveletter /fs:ntfs” without quotes and press enter. CMD will do the conversion for you safely.
Way 2. Partition Wizard Convert
If users are not formiliar with command line, they also have a second choice, that is to use professional disk partition manager. We recommend the free edition of MiniTool Partition Wizard here. Its clear interface can easily guide users to go through all steps easily and quiclkly.