Convert FAT32 disk to NTFS format without data loss

USB sticks or older hard drives are often designed in FAT32 format and there is a desire to convert this data carrier to NTFS without data loss . NTFS has considerable advantages over the FAT format, here are a few of them.

  • FAT32 can process a maximum of 4GB partitions, NTFS is limited by the volume size.
  • NTFS supports data compression
  • In contrast to FAT32, NTFS also supports access rights
  • NTFS supports the EFS (Encrypting File System)
  • NTFS supports the function “previous versions”
  • NFTS supports the “Disk Quotas” function

We would like to show you below how you can convert a FAT32 disk to NTFS disk without having to accept data loss on the disk to be converted.

This is how a standard 4GB USB stick looks in the properties.

FAT32 disk

In Explorer you can see that some Windows FAQ Word files are stored on the FAT32 file system , which we do not want to lose during the conversion process . Here comes the Windows command


used, which can convert the disk into NTFS format. The exact syntax is:


convert FAT to NTFS

In the picture above you can see the exact process of the file system conversion . The command must be called up in a command prompt that has administrator rights. The time for the conversion varies depending on the size of the disk to be converted.

After successful conversion , the data medium in the file explorer now looks like this.

NFTS disk

As you can see, the file system now says “NTFS” and the 5 Windows FAQ Word documents are still available on the converted data carrier .

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