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Why do we need to convert fat 32 to ntfs file system?

  • Before answering this question, let's know more about what is file system first.

    What is file system?

    A file system (often also written as filesystem) is a method for storing and organizing computer files and the data they contain to make it easy to find and access them. File systems may use a data storage device such as a hard disk or CD-ROM and involve maintaining the physical location of the files, they might provide access to data on a file server by acting as clients for a network protocol (e.g., NFS, SMB, or 9P clients), or they may be virtual and exist only as an access method for virtual data (e.g., procfs). It is distinguished from a directory service and registry.

    More formally, a file system is a special-purpose database for the storage, organization, manipulation, and retrieval of data.

    Nowadays, the main file systems are fat 32 and ntfs

    In order to overcome the volume size limit of FAT16, while still allowing DOS real mode code to handle the format without unnecessarily reducing the available conventional memory, Microsoft implemented a newer generation of FAT, known as FAT32, with cluster values held in a 32-bit field, of which 28 bits are used to hold the cluster number, for a maximum of approximately 268 million (228) clusters. This allows for drive sizes of up to 8 terabytes with 32KB clusters, but the boot sector uses a 32-bit field for the sector count, limiting volume size to 2 TB on a hard disk with 512 byte sectors.

    The maximum possible size for a file on a FAT32 volume is 4 GB minus 1 byte (232−1 bytes). Video applications, large databases, and some other software easily exceed this limit.

    Larger files require another formatting type such as NTFS

    NTFS is the standard file system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

    NTFS supersedes the FAT file system as the preferred file system for Microsoft's Windows operating systems. NTFS has several improvements over FAT and HPFS (High Performance File System) such as improved support for metadata and the use of advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, plus additional extensions such as security access control lists (ACL) and file system journaling.

    So since NTFS is superior to FAT 32, how to convert from FAT 32 to NTFS is the issue.

    Is it possible to convert FAT 32 to NTFS with ease? The answer is yes.

    Convert FAT 32 to NTFS with the best partition manager - Partition Wizard

    Partition Wizard is the industry leading Partition Manager that allows you to convert FAT 32 to NTFS with ease.

    MiniTool Partition Manager has many functions in partition management. With MiniTool Partition Manager, you can perform the following operations in seconds: Move/Resize Partition, Merge Partition, Change Cluster Size, Copy Partition, Create Partition, Delete Partition, Format Partition, Convert File System, Hide/Unhide Partition, Explore Partition, Partition Recovery, Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk and much more. All these operation would be carried out under a data protection mode, so you never need to worry about data loss due to any reason.
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