Change FAT32 to NTFS in your USB/Hard Drive Storage
Edited by Jeffrey Casel, Melsan, Maria, Eng and 2 others
Converting FAT32 to NTFS can make your data storage larger, and if you are in NTFS form, your storage will become more secure, easy to defragment, and can hold large files (over 4gb). FAT32 are usually used with USB devices, and in some instances, if you are attempting to transfer huge files into your USB device, there will be an error that says "Not enough disk space", even though there is a lot of space available. That's because FAT32 cannot accommodate huge files. So here are the instruction to follow:
- 1Go to your computer system and find the storage/drive that you want to convert.Be sure that it is in FAT32 format (just right click the drive; go to properties; check the File format if it's FAT32. If it is in NTFS format, there's no need to convert anymore)Advertisement
- 2Head to your Start button, type cmd in the search bar (if you are running Windows 7 /win8/vista) or, go to run, and type cmd if you are using XP (command prompt=cmd)Advertisement
- 5After the conversion is done, right click the converted drive, go to properties, check the File format if it's NTFS.Advertisement
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- Make sure that the device is FAT32 first, so that the conversion will be a success.
- The above procedure is useful when you have data on the storage.
- If you don't have data on the storage, or you don't want to keep those, simply right click on the storage icon, and select "Format". From the format panel, select NTFS, as shown in the photo.
Questions and Answers
Unable to format the FAT32 drive?
Hi, I've been trying to format my FAT32 USB drive when I accidentally clear my drive that was bootable and I was trying to make the drive un-bootable. The format capacity says "Unknown" and I change the FAT32 to NTFS, but it stills doesn't format. Thank you very much.
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Recent edits by: Melissa Meyer, Eng, Maria