If you have a hard drive or flash drive formatted using the FAT32 file system, you may find that you cannot copy large files to this drive. This manual will explain in detail how to fix the situation and change the file system from FAT32 to NTFS.
FAT32 hard drives and USB drives cannot store files larger than 4 gigabytes, which means that you won’t be able to save high-quality full-length film, a DVD image or virtual machine files on them. When you try to copy such a file, you will see the error message "The file is too large for the destination file system."
However, before you start changing the HDD file system or flash drive, pay attention to the following nuance: FAT32 works without problems with almost any operating system, as well as DVD players, televisions, tablets and phones. The NTFS partition may be read-only on Linux and Mac OS X.
How to change file system from FAT32 to NTFS without losing files
If there are already files on your disk, but there is no place where you could temporarily move them to format the disk, then you can convert it from FAT32 to NTFS directly, without losing these files.
To do this, open the command line on behalf of the Administrator, for which, on Windows 8, you can press the Win + X buttons on the desktop and select the desired item in the menu that appears, and in Windows 7, find the command line in the "Start" menu, right-click on it click and select "Run as administrator". After that, you can enter the command:
Utility to convert file system to Windows
Which will display help information on the syntax of this command. For example, if you need to change the file system on a USB flash drive, which is assigned the letter E: you need to enter the command:
convert E: / FS: NTFS
The process of changing the file system on the disk itself can take quite a long time, especially if its volume is large.
How to format a disk in NTFS
If the drive does not have important data or it is stored somewhere else, the easiest and fastest way to convert their FAT32 file system to NTFS is to format this drive. To do this, open "My Computer", right-click on the desired drive and select "Format".
Formatting in NTFS
Then, in the "File System", select "NTFS" and click "Format."
At the end of formatting, you will receive a finished disk or USB flash drive in NTFS format.