How to convert a drive from fat32 to ntfs without losing data

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Do you need to change your drive from FAT32 to NTFS? Follow these steps to convert your drive from FAT32 to NTFS without data loss or reformatting.

NTFS is the default file format in Windows. Currently, when you try to format a disk in Windows 10 or Windows 11, or if you just installed the OS on a new hard disk, it is in NTFS format. Compared to older file formats like FAT32, NTFS is more functional, supports larger hard disks, larger files, allows you to set file permissions, and offers better data protection. This is one of the reasons Windows often recommends and defaults to the NTFS disk format.

As good as the NTFS format is, most external hard drives and flash drives are formatted in FAT32 by default. Windows also allows you to format any drive in FAT32 format. One of the main reasons for this is compatibility. For example, if you want to use a flash drive on Android, you cannot use the NTFS format. Most users fill up their drives without realizing the file format. If data is stored on a drive in FAT32 format, it is difficult to convert it to another format without moving the data. However, it can be done relatively quickly if you know how to do it.

If your FAT32 disk restricts you from adding large files or setting access rights, you can convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows without losing any data.

This quick and simple guide will show you how to convert a FAT32 drive to NTFS without data loss.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS at the Command Prompt

Important Note: Although this process does not result in data loss, it is still recommended to back up your data if it is important. You must also ensure that there is no power loss during the conversion. A sudden power loss during conversion may result in a complete loss of data on the target drive.

To convert FAT32 to NTFS, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Request “Command Prompt.”
  3. Right click on the Command Prompt result and select “Run as administrator”.
  4. Type “convert : /fs:ntfs”. Replace “” with the actual drive letter you wish to convert.
  5. Press the “Enter” key to execute the command.
  6. The command prompt will begin the conversion process.
  7. When completed, the message “Conversion Complete” will be displayed.
  8. You can close the command prompt window.
  9. The FAT32 to NTFS conversion is now complete.

First, if it is a USB drive you wish to convert, connect it and continue. Next, you will need to open a command window as an administrator. Find it in the Start menu and select “Run as administrator”.

Once the cmd window opens as administrator, type the following command and press Enter to execute it. Replace “” with the actual drive letter. For example, suppose the drive letter of the drive you want to convert is “G”. So we replace “” with “G”.”Only after the

convert : /fs:ntfs

command is executed does the conversion process begin. Depending on the size of the drive and the amount of data, the entire conversion process will take some time. Do not close the command window or shut down the machine during this time.

When the conversion is complete, the message “Conversion Complete” will be displayed. At this point the work is done and you can safely close the command prompt window.

That is all. It is as easy as converting FAT32 to NTFS in Windows.

Hope this helps.

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