Do you know how to convert exFAT to FAT32? Is there an exFAT to FAT32 converter free download? If you don't know how to convert exFAT to FAT32 or you are still looking for a free exFAT to FAT32 converter. You can follow this article to convert exFAT to FAT32.
About exFAT and FAT32 File System
What are exFAT and FAT32 file systems? Are FAT32 and exFAT the same? Of course not! Many of you may be confused about the two file systems and don't know their major differences. So before I show you how to change your device from exFAT to FAT32, I’d like to give you a brief introduction of exFAT and FAT32 file system.
FAT stands short for File Allocation Table. FAT32 is the most common version of the FAT file system created back in 1977 by Microsoft. As an older file system, FAT32 has great compatibility. FAT32 is commonly used on USB sticks, SD card, and other solid-state drives, and many portable and embedded devices.
exFAT is the abbreviation of Extended File Allocation Table. It was introduced by Microsoft in 2006, exFAT file system can be used on flash memory like USB flash drives and SD cards. It is similar to FAT32 files system, but does not have the limits of FAT32 file system. It is a modern replacement for FAT32.
Many removable devices are formatted with exFAT or FAT32 file system due to their compatibility. Although FAT32 has limits on single file size and partition size, it is compatible with more very old operating systems than exFAT.
So, sometimes users need to change their devices’ file system from exFAT to FAT32 due to compatibility reasons. In this case, to learn how to convert exFAT to FAT32 is very important.
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How to Change exFAT to FAT32 File System
After knowing the differences between exFAT to FAT32, some users may wonder: how do I convert exFAT to FAT32?
Actually, it is easy to change exFAT to NTFS. Since you are unable to convert exFAT to NTFS without data loss in Windows 10/8/7, the only way to do it to backup files to another drive and then format exFAT to FAT32. In this way, you can change exFAT to FAT32 without data loss. So firstly, you need to backup important files to another device manually and then format USB flash drive, external hard drive or SD card to FAT32.
Well, how to backup files or backup the whole drive? Is there a simple way to backup partition or backup the whole disk?
Backup Files Before Formatting exFAT to FAT32 File System
To backup important files before formatting exFAT to FAT32 file system, it is recommended to use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is a reputable all-in-one disk partition manager, which can help you not only backup partition and disk but also enable users to format hard drive Windows 10, resize partition, check file system, convert FAT to NTFS without data loss, convert MBR to GPT, copy disk, or migrate Windows OS to an SSD etc.
Now, let’s backup important files firstly with MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
Step 1. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, install it on your computer and launch it to get the main interface.
Step 2. Select the exFAT partition that you want to backup and choose the Copy Partition from the left action panel to backup partition.
Step 3. Choose an unallocated space on another disk to create the copy of the selected exFAT partition. Then click Next.
Step 4. Now you could set destination partition size by dragging the arrow. After that, click Finish to continue.
Step 5. When you turn to the main interface, you can preview the copied volume with exFAT file system. Click Apply on the top left corner to allow changes.
As you can see, it is very simple to backup partition in this way. If you store too many files on your exFAT partition, you can take this way to make a backup, which is faster than using copy and paste. Get one now to backup partition and disk instantly.
After backing up the files in the exFAT partition, you can follow the three methods to format exFAT to FAT32.
Fix 1. Format exFAT to FAT32 with a Free Drive Formatting Utility
With the user-friendly interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, you can easily format exFAT to FAT32 file system. Here are detailed steps and screenshots to show you how to format exFAT to FAT32 with MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
Step 1. Download exFAT to FAT32 converter MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition by clicking the following button. Install and launch it to get its main interface.
Step 2. Right-click the exFAT partition from the main interface and then select Format Partition to format exFAT to FAT32 Windows 10.
Step 3. Here you can set partition label, file system as well as cluster size by yourself. Select FAT32 from the drop-down menu and click OK to continue. By formatting the drive, you can convert exFAT to FAT32file system.
Step 4. At last, click Apply on the upper right corner to finish the last step convert exFAT to FAT32 file system.
You see, exFAT to FAT32 conversion with MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is very simple as you see from the above steps. If you want to change exFAT to FAT32 by formatting it, try using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
If you don't want to resort to third-party drive formatting software, you can take the next two solutions to change exFAT to FAT32.
Fix 2. Format exFAT to FAT32 via Disk Management
You can use Disk Management to format exFAT to FAT32 file system. Disk Management is a Windows built-in partition manager, which can help you complete simple partitioning operations like create partition, delete partition, extend partition (See: Why Extend Volume Grayed out and How to Quickly Fix It – MiniTool), shrink partition, format partition, etc.
Disk Management is not so powerful as many third-party partition manager, such as MiniTool Partition Wizard, but it is enough for you to format exFAT to FAT32.
Now you can follow the steps as below to format exFAT to FAT32 file system with Disk Management.
Step 1. Right-click the Windows Start menu and select Disk Management to get the main interface.
Step 2. Right-click the partition that formatted with exFAT file system, and then choose Format… from the pop-up window.
Step 3. Then you can set volume label, file system and Allocation unit size and click OK. Remember to change exFAT to FAT32 file system at this page.
Step 4. Click OK to make sure you want to format the drive. Once you click OK, the Disk Management will start formatting your drive immediately. Keep in mind that formatting will erase all data on it. So backup any important file before formatting.
Step 5. When the formatting is completed, you can see that the exFAT partition has been changed to FAT32 from the main interface. Then you can close the Disk Management and use the drive again.
Apart from using Windows built-in partitioning utility Disk Management to format exFAT to FAT32, you can also try using commands to change exFAT to FAT32 file system.
Fix 3. Format exFAT to FAT32 with Command Prompt commands
DiskPart is a command-line disk partition management tool built-in all Windows versions including Windows10/8/8.1/7. It is the replacement of its predecessor, FDISK. You can use Diskpart to create partition, delete partition, format partition, and so on.
Although Diskpart can help you format exFAT to FAT32, it is not a common formatting tool. Many people are not familiar with commands. And if you type a wrong command when formatting the drive, you may encounter unexpected data loss. So backing up important files on your computer is vital if you want to use commands to convert exFAT to FAT32.
The following contents will show you how to format exFAT to FAT32 with commands.
Step 1. Right-click Windows 10 start menu and choose Run. You can also press Windows +R key to open Run box.
Step 2. In the pop-up Run window, input diskpart and hit Enter.
Step 3. Type the following commands to format partition from exFAT to FAT32 and press Enter after each one.
- list disk
- select disk * (* represents the disk number.)
- list partition
- select partition x (* represents the partition with exFAT file system.)
- format fs=fat32 quick
Then you can exit the command prompt window. After that, you can check if your exFAT partition has been converted to FAT32 file system in Disk Management.
After seeing the above three methods, you may find that the simplest way to format exFAT to FAT32 is using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. With the free drive formatting utility, you can format SSD, HDD, USB flash drive, SD card in just a few clicks. And before formatting exFAT to FAT32, you can use this partition manager to backup partition and disk in a time-saving way.
In a word, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is all you need to convert your device from exFAT to FAT32 file system.
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