Convert ntfs to exfat

Is exFAT to NTFS/FAT32 Converter Software Available? How to Convert exFAT to NTFS or FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7? Are you looking for a piece of free partition software that comes with a simple solution for you to convert exFAT to NTFS file system on an external hard disk drive or USB flash drive? Since using cmd is somewhat higher level for ordinary users to change the file system, a third-party exFAT to NTFS converter software becomes significantly necessary.

Bad news is that there is a lot of format utility that supports to directly convert FAT16/FAT32 to NTFS directly without losing data, however, we found no exFAT to NTFS converter software available so far, even EaseUS Partition Master does not support the direct change from exFAT to NTFS on an HDD, USB drive or memory card.

Usually, to change file system from exFAT to NTFS or other file systems like FAT, FAT32 in order to make the drive readable & usable by some specific devices that only recognize NTFS file system, the following two methods you can have a try.

Solution 1. Format exFAT to NTFS/FAT/FAT32 Using CMD

Step 1. If it’s a removable disk like a USB drive, plug it in the USB slot on your PC.
Step 2. Open the command prompt.
Step 3. Copy any one of the following commands to format the exFAT drive to FAT, FAT32 or NTFS.

format G: /fs:FAT
format G: /fs:FAT32
format G: /fs:NTFS

Step 4. Press Y=Yes or N=No to proceed or stop the formatting.

Solution 2. Format exFAT to NTFS/FAT/FAT32 Using Windows Disk Management

First, you need to delete the exFAT partition off from your drive and then create a new NTFS/FAT/FAT32 volume.

To make it happen, let’s open Disk Management by right-clicking This PC in Windows 10 or My Computer in Windows 8/7, select Manage. Disk Management resides under the Storage section.

Step 1. Right-click on the exFAT partition and choose Delete Volume.

Step 2. Right-click again on the unallocated partition and choose New Simple Volume.

Step 3. Follow the wizard to create a new partition and assign the volume as an NTFS/FAT/FAT32partition.

To fully manage the NTFS drive partition, you can try EaseUS Partition Master Free. For example, resize partition, move partition, merge partitions, format FAT16/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3 partition, etc.

Windows 10 is supported

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I have a 500GB external hard disk which I use mostly for storing movies/music and some backup. Since I have some rather large files I use NTFS on it, but don’t need the security/compression/encryption features. I recently read about exFAT and as far as I understand it solves my shortcomings of FAT32, so decided to give exFAT a try.

Can anyone suggest an utility to convert my existing NTFS volume to exFAT (or vice versa) without losing contents?

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To answer your question: no, there is no utility.*

I’d stick with NTFS. It’s been around longer than exFAT, it is stable, and no one is forcing you to use the features like compression, security and encryption. It’s also supported on a lot more platforms than exFAT, including Windows itself (notwithstanding the patches you can install).

exFAT is designed primarily for removable drives like USB thumb drives, so I’d use it for that, but not for a hard drive.

**(As @Moab points out in the comments, there are ways to do this using two separate conversions, from NTFS to FAT32, and then FAT32 to exFAT, but you’d be held ransom to FAT32’s limitations during the conversion, which includes a maximum of 4GB on file sizes.)*

If you couldn’t use of the above normal method, you can use of Parted.Magic tool for that goal. Download it’s .iso file (it just need a little googling!) and burn it to a CD/DVD/USB stick then boot your computer from it. Then attach your HDD into computer and double click on partition Editor item (see this) Then you can see this window. Right click on the rectangle which is showing the size of your HDD, then convert it to whatever you like. PS. You should observe the considerations said about loosing data in above answer. Good luck.

Assuming you are using Microsoft Windows, I have an idea for you. Since I was also looking for this solution and found nothing really working! I did a workaround.

What you can do is, Shrink the partition in your Portable, using Windows management tools (right click "computer" and goto Management, then goto "Disk Management"). To shrink the partition, click a partition that you want to shrink, and click on Shrink. Enter the size that is enough to copy all the data, then continue.

When you are done with creating another partition, move the data to the new partition, which is pretty time consuming I get that. What I did, is left my laptop for hours to get this done! Caution: Portables are not supposed to run for hours. I have reliable Portable so I did it.

Here you have two solutions! One to simply format using the right clicking on partition and click on format which will work on external hard drives only. However, I am also giving following solution for someone who may want to format the internal partition to exFat. Windows do not allow internal partitions to be formatted in ExFat by default so we need to follow Disk Part approach!

Note that, if you want to move large files to Portable or Internal Drive, set the Allocation Size to 4096 Bytes, as in the case of NTFS. When you are handling Diskpart, Unit=4096 is doing the same.

Follow as under:

1: Diskpart 2: List Disk 3: Select Disk x Note: x is the disk number you want to deal with. 4: list partition 5: select partition x Note: x is the partition number you want to format to exFat 6: Format FS=ExFat UNIT=4096 Quick 7: You are done!

Want to convert the file system of external drive or internal hard drive from NTFS to exFAT? Refer to this paper and learn how to convert NTFS to exFAT for external drive in Windows 10/8/7.

By Bryce / Last Updated December 9, 2019

Overview of NTFS and exFAT

NTFS and exFAT are two kinds of file system that regulates how data is stored in a storage device such as USB flash drive, external HDD and SD card.

» NTFS (New Technology File system) was released in 1993 and it breaks the 4 GB file size limitation and 32 GB partition restriction of FAT32. This file system usually is used in internal hard drive. It is compatible with Windows and Microsoft Xbox One. But it only can be read by Mac OS X and some Linux systems.
» exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) was introduced in 2006 and allows you to store files larger than 4GB as well. It is able to work with Windows, Mac OS X 10.6.5 version or later, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is a file system optimized for flash memory and it is the default file system for SDXC cards larger than 32GB.

Why need to convert NTFS to exFAT?

Nowadays, it is common that people own more than one computer. You might want to use an external hard drive or USB flash drive or SD Card between Mac and Windows computers. If the drive is formatted as NTFS, it is read-only on Mac OS X. FAT32 is suitable for Windows and Mac OS X, but it is with 4GB file size limitation. At this point, it is the best choice to convert NTFS to exFAT for external drive. Thus, you can apply your external drive to Windows and Mac OS X.

How to convert NTFS to exFAT for external drive in Windows?

Generally, Windows offers two ways to convert NTFS to exFAT. You can get more information in the next part.

Before you start to format external drive to exFAT, you should make preparations below:

As the operation of formatting to exFAT will erase all the data, it is highly recommended to backup the important data.

Connect your external drive to your working PC and make sure that it can be detected by Windows.

Format external drive to exFAT using Disk Management

When you intend to format external drive like USB flash drive or SD Card, the first and the most common way is to format it to exFAT via Disk Management. (Take formatting NTFS USB flash drive to exFAT in Windows 10 as an example)

Step 1: Press “Win + R” simultaneously and enter “diskmgmt.msc” to open Disk Management.

Step 2: Right-click the USB drive or SD Card listed in Disk Management and choose “Format”.

Step 3: In this window, you can choose exFAT from file systems drop-down. You can add volume label to the external drive . Then, click “OK” to implement the operation.

Step 4: You’ll be noticed that format will cause all the data on the device lost, click “Yes”.

Format hard drive to exFAT using Command Prompt

When you intend to format the internal hard drive to exFAT, you are unable to get the option in Disk Management to format it to exFAT. In such a circumstance, you can try Command Prompt.

Step 1: Run Diskpart as administrator.

Step 2: Type commands below and hit enter after every command.

list disk> select disk n (where “n” is the number of your targeted drive)> list partition > select partition x (where “x” is the number of your targeted drive partition) > format fs=exfat> exit

Effective NTFS to exFAT converter

If you are not familiar to diskpart command line, you are likely to make mistakes when you use it to convert an internal drive to exFAT. And it is possible that when you’ll be prompted that the device is write-protected when you try to format USB flash drive or SD Card via Disk Management.

At this point, an effective NTFS to exFAT converter like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can be your best choice. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is specially designed for Windows system and it can work on all versions of Windows, including Windows 10/8.1/8/7, XP and Vista. It is featured with us concise user interface and powerful functions. You can enjoy more features like converting dynamic disk to basic without data loss, recover lost partition by upgrading it to Professional.

To format NTFS to exFAT, you have to connect the external drive to computer running Windows and free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Then, you can do as the following step-by-step instruction.

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Step 1. Fire up AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Right-click the external drive and choose “Format Partition” (Take converting NTFS to exFAT in Windows 10 as an example).

Step 2: Choose exFAT in the drop-down menu of File System. In this window, it is available to determine “Partition Label” and “Cluster Size” as you like. Then, click on “OK” icon.

Step 3: In the main interface, check the “Pending Operations” and then click “Apply” to commit the operation.

Notices:

The most suitable device to employ exFAT is flash memory like USB flash drive. Be cautious to convert internal hard drive or external HDD to exFAT.


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