How to convert flash file system to NTFS?

1. Right click icon My computer, from the opened context menu select Properties;
- in the opened dialog box System properties open the tab Equipment → Device Manager;
- in the dialog box device Manager open up Disk devicesdouble-click to open the properties of your flash drive;
- open the tab Politicsset switch Optimize for execution → OK;
- close dialogs device Manager, System properties;
- open My computer, right-click the flash drive icon. From the context menu that opens, select Format... in the dialog box Format Removable Disk in dropdown list File system there was an option NTFS (instead Fat);
- format the flash drive in NTFS;
- set the switch Optimize for quick removal: My computer → Properties → System properties → Equipment → Device Manager → Disk devices → Removable disk → Properties → Policy.

2. You can make it even easier using the built-in file system conversion utility. convert.exe (File System Conversion Utility - WINDOWS system32 convert.exe). To do this, run the command interpreter: Start → Run ... → Run the program → cmd → OK → convert (flashing letter): / fs: ntfs / nosecurity / x

for example, for a flash drive H:
convert h: / fs: ntfs / nosecurity / x
This utility allows you to convert a flash file system without losing data.

Attention!
- Although the utility convert. exe allows you to convert the file system of the flash drive without losing data, it is recommended to copy all the data on the flash drive to the hard disk of the computer before performing the conversion!
- There should be free space on the flash drive to convert the file system. Otherwise, you will receive an error message, for example:
"... Estimating the disk space required to convert the file system ...
Total for disk: 1023712 KB
Free: 14328 KB
Required conversion: 15486 KB
Not enough disk space to convert
Conversion failed
H: was not converted to NTFS "

In this case, free up the required space on the flash drive by deleting unnecessary files (or copy some of the files to the hard disk of the PC).

3. You can use the free utility HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.

Download and unzip the HPUSBFW.zip file. Connect the flash drive to a free USB port.
- Copy all the data available on the flash drive to the hard disk of the computer.
- Run the utility HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (HPUSBFW. EXE file).
- If several USB devices are connected, select the required one from the Device drop-down list (the flash drive you want to format).
- dropdown list File system select NTFS (or, if necessary, FAT / FAT32).
- If you want, set a label in the text box. Volume label (not necessary).
- To speed up the process, check the box Quick format.
- Click the button Start.
- A HPUSBFW dialog box appears with a warning (in English) that all data on the flash drive will be destroyed. Press the button Yes.
- Wait for the formatting process to complete.
- In the dialog box that appears (with formatting results), click Ok.

Notes
1. Be careful when choosing a device for formatting so that you do not accidentally format the wrong removable disk as required.
2. Before formatting, be sure to copy all the data on the flash drive to the hard disk of your computer!
3. It is not recommended to format the flash drive in NTFS if you use it as a boot device.
4. It is not recommended to format the flash drive in NTFS, if you use it - hopelessly outdated! - Windows 98.
5. Formatting a flash drive in NTFS not only allows you to forget about such a misfortune of FAT / FAT32 as lost clusters, but also improves the reliability and durability of flash drives, and also allows you to slightly increase the speed of reading / writing data.

Watch the video: How to Convert USB Flash Drive Fat32 File System to NTFS Without Formatting (December 2019).

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