There are many irritiating nerds, on many forums and websites, claiming or tryiny to convince you that their belowed piece of software is able to convert NTFS partition to FAT32 without using data. In most cases this is bullshit and it turns out to be only a huge time waste on installing software, that is only able to achieve such converstion, by formatting drive or that it can't do that at all.
Formatting means loosing all your data, but those pesky morons just don't gets this. So, here you have the only known to me method of getting your drive from NTFS to FAT32 under Windows, while keeping your data safe.
Note: Opposite converstion (FAT32 to NTFS) is much, much easier. Take a look at this article for tips on that.
Here it is, the list of software that was told to be able to do the data-loseless NTFS to FAT32 converstion, but it can't:
- Acronis Disk Director Suite -- no, only opposite way (FAT32 to NTFS),
- Partition Commander -- no, fuck no! Don't you ever use this crappy piece of shit! It brokes Windows Vista and 7 in the way, that sometimes even Windows Recovery can't recover,
- Partition Manager - said to be able to convert NTFS to FAT32, but option onlny available in pro version, so I haven't tested it,
- gParted - I'm gona crucify and burn all those morons and asshols on all those fucken forums, that says, this shit can do this! Complete waste of time for burning bootable CD! It can only format partition! It can't, the fuck, convert it whitout loosing data,
- Partition Magic - can do the job, but use it only for external or data disks! Don't you ever, never touch any system disk, if you have Windows Vista or newer installed on it! It will fuck up such disk in the way, even Windows can't recover it,
No, let's get the real job.
Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 Server Edition (and probably newer versions) can do the job for every disk, even system one! It can convert NTFS partition to FAT32 without loosing your data.
Some notices: Sometimes it says, it can't do converstion due this due to files larger than 4 GB still existing on a drive, when these files have already been deleted. If it happens to you, try these:
- use tools inside Partition Manager to check disk integrity,
- unplug and replug external drive, if working with USB drive,
- restart your system.
This was tested on Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 Server Edition and Paragon Partition Manager 10.0 Server.
Notice: Many times Server Edition is the only option! In my case, Professional version failed completely to detect my 32 GB NTFS USB pendrive and claimed, it is not formatted.
I was in a big shock, to discover, that exactly the same program, from the same producer, with even the same version number (8.5), that only differs in edition (Server / Pro) was and wasn't able to work with exactly the same device (which was even not replugged during uninstall of Pro and install of Server edition).