Want to convert a FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS in Windows? Let’s give it a try – but first make a backup
FAT or File Allocation Table is the name given to a computer file system. An FAT File system is a legacy file system which provides good performances in light weight implementations (Although it is not as reliable as NTFS). NTFS stands for New Technology File System which is a proprietary file system that has several advantages over the FAT File systems. You can convert a partition Volume with an FAT file system to NTFS in Windows without losing you data or formatting your partition.
UDF and CDfs file systems are only used with optical media and cannot be converted to NTFS. The following tutorial helps you to learn how to convert a FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS in Windows. You must remember that when you convert an FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS you do it without formatting or losing your data. But once you have converted the FAT Volume to NTFS, if you want to want to convert it back to FAT Volume, you have to format the Drive.
Steps to Convert a FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS
1. Open Elevated Command Prompt( In Windows8, press Windows+C to open Windows Charms Bar-> Type cmd in Search. Right click on Command Prompt-> Click on Run as Administrator) -> Type diskpart and press Enter.
2. Now type the Command convert drive letter:/fs:ntfs and press Enter. For e.g. if you are working with E drive, type convert e:/fs:ntfs and press Enter. When conversion is complete you’ll receive a Command Complete message.