Quick Ways to Convert FAT32 to exFAT on Windows Mac Linux

Are you looking out for the efficient ways to covert “FAT32” to “exFAT” file system? This article will take you through all the available methods and third party tool available for formatting.

Jun 19, 2020 • Filed to: Partition Solutions • Proven solutions

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“exFAT” file system is the latest file system that has been launched and many people are looking to convert from “FAT32” to “exFAT” file system. This article is for those looking to convert their file systems.

This article gives a brief detail on the difference between the “FAT32” and “exFAT” file systems, different ways to format “FAT32” to “exFAT” on Windows which include using file explorer, disk management, command prompt and AOMEI partition assistant tool. In addition to these, you can also see some bonus tips to be followed while formatting the partitions.

Part 1: “FAT32” vs. “exFAT”: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Better?

“FAT32” (File Allocation Table) is the most popular file system as it is the oldest and is used by almost every Operating system. But, “exFAT” is the latest file system which is widely used in formatting external and USB drives. Let us understand which one is better by comparing the following

Feature “FAT32” “exFAT”
Devices Supported Compatible on any Operating system, video game consoles, media players, Android USB expansions and many other devices “exFAT” is also compatible on all types devices as “FAT32” but it might not work for some media players and Android devices
Sizes Supported Supports the files which are upto a max of 4GB in size. There is no limit for any file sizes. So it is widely used to store large sized files.
Speed When compared to “exFAT”, “FAT32” is slow in writing and reading data “exFAT” is faster than “FAT32” in writing and reading the data

Based on the above table, it is proven that “exFAT” file system is far better that “FAT32” file system when you have files with large sizes and need effective and efficient formatting.


Part 2: How to Format “FAT32” to “exFAT” on Windows?

Way 1. Format “FAT32” to “exFAT” in File Explorer

Using File explorer, you can format the flash drive from “FAT32” to “exFAT” easily and effectively following the below steps:

Step 1: Open File Explorer by pressing “Windows” + “E” keys.

Step 2: In the explorer look for your USB flash drive and right-click on it.

Step 3: Click on “Format” and select “exFAT” from “File System” list.

Step 4: Click “Start” button in the end.

format to exfat file explorer

Way 2: Convert “FAT32” to “exFAT” using CMD

You can convert “FAT32” to “exFAT” using CMD prompt if you know the commands to perform the Diskpart. To use this Diskpart tool, you need to follow the below steps:

Step 1: Open Run dialog box and type “diskpart ” to the run the Diskpart.

Step 2: Type the following command and press enter after every command:

From above n = no of external drives, m = no of external drive partitions.

format to exfat cmd

Step 3: Once all the above commands are executed, the formatting progress will be completed within a short time.

Way 3: Convert “FAT32” to “exFAT” with Windows Disk Management

Windows Disk Management is an effective built-in feature provided by Windows which helps you in managing the hard disk partitions without any difficulties or errors. It might not be an effective solution when compared to other third party tools but it is enough to convert “FAT32” to “exFAT”. For this follow the below steps:

Step 1: Open “Disk Management” by right-clicking on the Windows start menu.

Step 2: Select the “FAT32” formatted partition, right-click on it and click on “Format”.

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Step 3: In the format page, change the “file system” to “exFAT” from “FAT32” and click on “Ok”.

Step 4: Now the formatting process will start and you may lose all your data so make sure that the important data is taken as a backup.

Step 5: Once the formatting is done, you can see that “FAT32” is converted to “exFAT” in the disk management interface.

Way 4: Format “FAT32” to “exFAT” through a third-party converter

Generally, the above mentioned methods may or may not work as they may face the issues like write-protection, file system corruption and etc. In such cases third party tool like the AOMEI partition assistant can give better results in formatting the “FAT32” to “exFAT” file system. Follow the below steps for using AOMEI partition assistant tool.

An important point to note is to take backup of all the important files and data because once the formatting has been started, you may lose all your data and it will be difficult to retrieve the data.

Follow the below steps for using AOMEI partition assistant tool.

Step 1: Launch AOMEI

Download, install and double click on AOMEI icon to launch AOMEI partition assistant tool.

Step 2: Format Partition

In the interface, choose the drive that you wish to format and right click on it. In the menu displayed, click on “Format Partition”.

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Step 3: Choose “exFAT”

In the “Format Partition” interface, select “exFAT” from the file system menu. “Partition Label” and “Cluster Size” can be added as per the need. Click on “Ok” and “Apply” to perform the formatting.

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Following the above mentioned steps, you can format your disk partition or drive from “FAT32” to “exFAT” easily and effectively.


Part 3: Bonus Tips to Convert “FAT32” to NTFS on Mac and Linux

1. Convert “FAT32” to “exFAT” on Mac

You can easily convert a “FAT32” file system to “exFAT” using the “Disk Utility” option on Mac. Follow the below steps for the following:

Step 1: Go to “Applications”->”Utilities” and launch “Disk Utility”.

Step 2: In Disk Utility interface, select the external drive that you want to format.

Step 3: Under the “Erase” tab, select the “exFAT” file type from the menu list.

Step 4: Click on the “Erase” button to start the formatting from “FAT32” to “exFAT”.

fat32 to exfat mac

2. Format “FAT32” to “exFAT” on Linux

To format “FAT32” to “exFAT” file system on Linux, follow the below steps:

Step 1: To view all the drives attached to your system, type sudo fdisk -l in the command line.

Step 2: Select the drive that you want to format and type sudo wipefs -a /dev/sdb to start fresh with a new “exFAT” file system

Step 3: Follow the on screen instructions and select “exFAT” from the message “HPFS/NTFS/exFAT” it displays

fat32 to exfat linux

Step 4: Press “w” to sync the disk partitions.

Step 5: Type sudo mkfs.”exFAT” -n hardDisk /dev/sdb1 to format your drive to “exFAT”


The Bottom Line

As mentioned in the article, there are different ways that can be used to convert or format from “FAT32” to “exFAT” file system. Follow all the above mentioned procedures to easily and effectively format your drive.

While formatting your drive using file explorer, command prompt or disk management, you may find some trouble because of the issues like write-protection, file system corruption and etc. So, it is recommended to use the “AOMEI Partition Assistant” a third party tool which provides an interactive and easy to use interface to format effectively without any interruptions.

Theo Lucia

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