Feb 182008

If your hard drive is formatted in NTFS and you need to reformat the drive to use either FAT or FAT32 all you need to do is insert your Windows XP CD into your CD-ROM, reboot your system and follow the instructions below:

After restarting your PC the Windows Setup will begin

At the Welcome to Setup screen press F10

Pressing F10 opens the Recovery Console. This is a DOS based screen so you need to first specify the operating system location, i.e. C: Drive and then log in as using your Administrator Password.

After logging in type map and then press Enter

Highlight the drive you want to reformat. Drive letters may differ in recovery console to those in windows xp

Type format x: /fs:fat32 Substitute the ‘x’ for the drive letter you wish to reformat and then press Enter.

Confirm your choice by typing Y and then pressing Enter

Once the hard drive has finished formatting type Exit and then press Enter to restart your computer.

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  17 Responses to “How to convert NTFS to FAT32 file system in XP”

  1. it was so helpful! thanks a lot!

  2. ok. I have… er.. 3 HDDs… all of them have NTFS. But 1 needs to be FAT32. When I do format from my computer only NTFS was available. When I did the boot from XP I only had options to Format to NTFS (full or quick)…

    I did however, in Windows opened up the command prompt.
    Start -> Run -> “cmd”

    and typed in format F: /fs:fat32
    (where F was the drive letter)

    It says that the type of of file system is NTFS
    The new file system is FAT32
    Enter Current volume label for drive F: (enter in volume label eg: Local Disk F, or stuff or whatever the HDD name is…)

    once correctly done, it will prompt the “are you sure? Y/N?”… then formatting starts…

  3. Thanks, Kaleem. You way is a lot quicker.

  4. In NTFS drive D: the datas had been encrypted and later due to some reason i happened to formate C: Drive and reload XP. after that i was unable to access these encrypted files with message ‘Access Denied’. How can I recover these files? shall it work if the file system is changed to FAT32 without loosing datas? and how to convert NTFS to FAT32 without loosing datas?

  5. we used that command in dos mode but we are not yet success because my harddisk is more drive space about 150 gb

  6. Thats is not functioning with HD too big, I got a line on the screen saying: The volume is too big for FAT32, Wath can I do?

  7. What can i do to convert my drive(D) to change its file system from NTFS to FAT32??

  8. i just bought a 640GB seagate free-agent and want it to be FAT32 so i can put my movies and music on there so my PS3 will read it and i can you it for extra space for my PS3. ive tried to format it through dos, it didnot work, it also said the volume is too big for FAT32. the problem is that we all running windows vista or windows 7. non of them support a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB big.

    the solution is to format the drive to FAT32 via DOS, but USING AN XP OPERATING SYSTEM OR EVEN WINDOWS 2000 OR 98.

  9. create a extra partition on your hard drive using a program like partition magic

    format the new partition FAT32

  10. free partition wizard software works also

  11. Thanks ,I done it with the help of dos promt.

  12. Just wanted to thank you for the guide helped me out a lot :)

  13. Try this to format your external HD to FACT32 to be read on your bluray.


  14. Try EASUS Partition Manager. It’s similar like Partition Magic. The personal edition is free. The current version is roughly 11mb.

  15. Easus cannot convert NTFS back to FAT after i tired. You cannot convert from NTFS back to FAT32 without losing data as all of Windows has no tools that can do this. I found an article about convert NTFS to fat32.

  16. You actually can convert from FAT32 to NTFS, either using Patition Magic 8+ or you can copy a partition on NTFS format into FAT partition by GHOSTing… That link is just someone without the PRACTICAL experience wrote, try point us to a MoneySoft technet and let them point out it’s impossible…

  17. The most efficient way to convert NTFS to FAT32 can be realized perfectly through the newly released software named NTFS to FAT32 Converter, it can easily convert NTFS to FAT32 without data losing. NTFS to FAT32 Converter will be a right-hand file system assistant. Your trouble to convert NTFS to FAT32 will no longer fret you.

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