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How to Convert FAT32 to NTFS without Losing Any Data

  • Question: when I was copying files to partition D, it showed FAT32 does not support single files larger than 4GB, and I was suggested to convert FAT32 to NTFS. So, how to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing any data?

    A Brief Introduction to FAT32

    FAT32, namely File Allocation Table 32, was widely used in Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium era. Files larger than 4GB indeed can not be saved to a FAT32 partition, which is due to FAT32 built-in limitation. Apart from file size limit, FAT32 has many other limitations. For example, you can not create a FAT32 partition greater than 32GB in Windows Disk Management; anyone who has access to your computer can read or modify files on a FAT32 partition. Therefore, it is quite necessary to convert FAT32 to NTFS unless you are running one of the Windows operating systems mentioned above on a FAT32 partition.

    How to Convert FAT32 to NTFS without Losing Data

    There are 2 ways to realize lossless conversion. One is to use command prompt, and the other is using third party partitioning tool. Both are free, but the former requires complex commands. Here, we highly suggest using the free partitioning software MiniTool Partition Wizard. Next, let’s see how to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing any data via the recommended software.

    1. Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface:

    minitool partition wizard main interface

    2. Select the FAT32 partition and choose "Convert FAT to NTFS" from the left panel to get the interface below:

    how to convert fat32 to ntfs start converting

    3. Click on the functional button "Start" to start converting, and then wait unless all operations are completed.

    4. Click on "Close" button to quit from this function, and then the whole work is done.

    Now users would know how to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data. If you are also unwilling to use FAT32, convert it with the free partitioning software MiniTool Partition Wizard.