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The Best Way to Convert NTFS to FAT32 without Formatting


Why Convert NTFS to FAT32?

In most occasions, NTFS file system is the recommended file system for data storage, especially when you have a single file over 4G in size (Solved: The File Is Too Large for the Destination File System). However, sometimes FAT32 is much preferred than NTFS. See the following case:

Recently I bought a new Xbox 360. Nevertheless, when I hooked my SanDisk Cruzer USB drive to Xbox to copy some content, it cannot be read whatsoever. I searched online and was told to format the drive to FAT32. I checked and found it was really formatted to NTFS. Therefore, I badly need a piece of free software to convert NTFS to FAT32. I know Windows Disk Management tool can complete this operation, but it will make all of my data lost. Any good idea?

In short, FAT32 File system has better compatibility when it comes to Win95, Win98, Win2000, Win2003, Win7, and some game consoles like PS4 and Xbox360. Hence, there is a need to convert NTFS to FAT32 without formatting.

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As we know, we can change FAT32 to NTFS without data loss by using the command prompt (convert driveletter: /fs:ntfs), but it refuses to convert an NTFS partition to FAT32. Turning to Windows Disk Management utility, we find that we can only convert NTFS to FAT32 by formatting, which means data loss until a backup is made beforehand. Therefore, users are suggested to employ third-party partitioning tool to perform this conversion.

Considering software performance and data security, we recommend using MiniTool Partition Wizard since it has high security and powerful functions. However, this is a paid feature. So you may press the button to get MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro at the best price.

Next, let's see how to convert NTFS to FAT32 without formatting.

How to Convert NTFS to FAT32 with Partition Wizard

Note: Before converting file system, users need to remove or transfer files larger than 4GB. Otherwise, they will result in conversion failure because FAT32 does not support individual files larger than 4GB.

Here is the step-by-step tutorial:

Step 1. Launch the NTFS to FAT32 converter - MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface as shown below.

main interface

Step 2. Right click the target NTFS partition and choose Convert NTFS to FAT from the action panel. Here we take convert NTFS to FAT32 external hard drive for example, and we select partition E.

convert ntfs to fat

Step 3. Please click Apply button on the toolbar to confirm the conversion.

apply change

Now, we have finished how to use NTFS to FAT32 converter to convert NTFS to FAT32 without formatting. If you also need to convert NTFS to FAT32 in Windows 7/10, you can always rely on this converter.

Tip: Actually, MiniTool Partition Wizard is not only an NTFS to FAT32 converter without losing data, but also is able to convert FAT32 to NTFS safely. And this 3 Ways to Convert FAT32 to NTFS Windows 7 should be very useful to you.

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