Steps to Convert NTFS to FAT without Data Loss

Convert NTFS to FAT without Data Loss

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Mar 25, 2021 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions


FAT is an older file system compared to NTFS, but it is highly compatible with a wide range of storage devices and operating systems. That's why some users want to convert from NTFS to FAT. As we know that converting FAT to NTFS can be easily operated with Windows built-in utility, but you can't convert NTFS back to FAT with no data loss because the whole Windows don't have any tool to do this. Therefore, the question about how to convert NTFS to FAT can always be seen in forums.

How to Convert NTFS to FAT?

Since Windows has a built-in tool to convert NTFS to FAT,you can use the disk management tool to complete the task. To convert file systems, especially the partition that has your valuable data, choosing a professional tool is very important.  The Windows Disk Management is the right tool to convert NTFS to FAT.

Press Win and X keys and choose ‘Disk Management' option.

You can format a drive in the FAT file system using the Windows Disk Management tool.l. However, you can only format a drive with up to 32 GB size. If the drive size extends this limitation, the "format" option won't be available for the select drive.

Step 1: Open the Disk Management Tool and right-click the drive that you want to format.

Step 2: Select "Format" and click "Yes".

disk management format

Step 3: Now, name the drive and use the drop-down menu to change the file system to "FAT".

Step 4: Press "Ok" and the drive will be formatted to FAT.

select fat32

Warning: There is a case that your file will be invalid after your NTFS to FAT conversion: Your partition should NOT contain a single file larger than 4G. Please make sure that you have no file larger than 4G in the partition which you want to convert NTFS to FAT.

After converting partition, a message window will pop up.

As a professional disk management utility, Windows Disk Management can also create, delete, resize, split, merge, format, hide, unhide, set active partition, etc. What's more, to manage your disk or partition, what you need to do is a few mouse clicking.

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