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  • When managing dynamic disk, we need to not only create volume or delete volume, but sometimes format volume. Users need format volume to clear up saved data in volume, but through deleting files seems an easier way. Most of time, users hope to convert file system or change cluster size through formatting volume. Formatting volume has other important functions besides cleaning up data. How could we format volume? It seems a good way to format volume with system built-in disk management tool, but there are still defects.

    With disk management tool to format volume, it is unable to convert file system of volume
    Though disk management tool is less powerful than MiniTool Partition Wizard at many aspects such as management functions, security, and operation simplicity, etc, it still has complete format function. The following screenshots are interfaces of Windows Server 2003 built-in disk management tool and MiniTool Partition Wizard format function.





    Comparing these two interfaces, we can find that they both have functions of changing volume label, converting file system, and changing cluster size. During formatting, file system of volume can only be set as NTFS in disk management tool. If original file system of disk volume is FAT32, it will be converted to NTFS forcibly. Therefore, disk management tool still has certain defects. Although NTFS has better performance than FAT32, according to specific needs, FAT32 should be kept. It is strongly suggested to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to format volume. Users can set file system for volume freely. At the same time, MiniTool Partition Wizard provides us with other powerful functions that disk management tool does not have.

    Use MiniTool Partition Wizard to upgrade volume file system
    We have mentioned that some users need to set file system of volume as FAT32, but most users hope to set volume as NTFS. MiniTool Partition Wizard has the function of upgrading FAT32 to NTFS volume through formatting volume.



    Formatting volume is very simple operation. To upgrade FAT32 to NTFS, we only need to set file system as NTFS in format volume interface.
    In addition, we can reset cluster size with format function. Click pull-down list of cluster size, and we can set cluster size as 512Byte, 1K, 2K, 64K, etc.
    Notice: formatting will lose all data in volume. Back up important data before executing operations.

    Knowing more about file system and cluster is better for formatting volume, though the operation is very simple. Thus formatted volume can serve us better. Please visit the official website of MiniTool Partition Wizard https://www.partitionwizard.com/ for more information.