FAT32 and NTFS are the most commonly used file systems in Windows operating system. The main reason to use FAT32 is that sometimes you need to use a multiboot configuration or you need to create a hard drive that is compatible with other operating systems such as Mac OS, Linux and some game consoles including PS3, XBOX and so on. FAT 32 can be applied in most Windows OS but is not recommended if high security is a concern or if a file size is over 4GB. NTFS is the primary file system used in Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and the later versions. NTFS has higher security which enables you to set users permissions and encrypt specific folders to restrict the access. Besides, NTFS supports singe file larger than 4GB. NTFS has many advantages over FAT32.
Due to the reasons listed above, there is a possibly for users to do file system conversions between FAT32 and NTFS. To make mutual conversions between FAT32 and NTFS, the first choice that come to mind is the Windows built-in Disk Management utility. But you have to know that Disk Management only allows to convert FAT32 to NTFS by formatting the whole partitions and the revert is irreversible, unless you recreate a partition as FAT32. Then, if there is software or utility can help you to make mutual conversion between FAT32 and NTFS, MiniTool Partition Wizard should be the right choice.
MiniTool Partition Wizard is professional to manage hard drives and partitions to help you make full use of disk capacity in sound condition. To convert file systems by using MiniTool Partition Wizard, users just need to follow the steps below:
Steps 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, then in the main interface, click the partition you want to convert file system and choose “Convert FAT to NTFS” or “Convert NTFS to FAT”.
Steps 2: Click “Apply” to make all changes effective. Then you have finished the mutual conversion.
To avoid data loss caused Disk Management during the mutual conversion between FAT32 and NTFS, you need to depend on third-party software – MiniTool Partition Wizard. This software is easy to handle. Just a few click and you will finish the system conversion.
Note: If you are running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, etc, you need the server edition of MiniTool Partition Wizard which can perfectly support the Windows PC and Windows Server platforms. But for Windows PC users, just download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition free of charge for FAT32 and NTFS conversion.