Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Change File format FAT32 to NTFS Without Formatting

If you have a flash drive or an external hard drive that currently has FAT32 file system and you want to change it to NTFS, because FAT32 does not support handling large files (over 4GB) but there is just one problem, you don't want to lose your saved data.
Then this is right place for you, You can achieve seamless transition from FAT to NTFS without involving any data loss.
There are many software's that support File Format conversion but the Convert command is one of the easiest ways to do so. Follow the steps below to know how:-

Important: While this method works perfectly, I would still advise you to backup your data in case  anything goes wrong.


FAT 32 to NTFS Conversion Steps :


1) Go to Computer, and note the name of the drive whose file system you wish to convert.
2) Click on Start.
3) Type cmd in the search bar if you use Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 or Windows Vista. If you use Windows XP, click on Run and then execute cmd.
4) Execute "chkdsk d: /f " (without quotes) where d is the letter of the drive to undergo conversion. This checks the drive for errors and fixes them automatically.
5) Execute "Convert d: /FS:NTFS" (without quotes). d is again the letter of the drive to be converted.
6) The command prompt will start the conversion process and after a few minutes, CMD will say that conversion was successful.
7) You can check it in the properties of the drive through right click<Properties.

This command can also be used to convert FAT16 disks and works on Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Important : This method cannot be used to reconvert NTFS file system back to FAT32. To reconvert back to FAT32, you will need to format the entire drive which will definitely cause data loss.
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