How to change the file system?

Very often, users are faced with the fact that a file does not want to be written to a USB flash drive, displaying a message that the allowable file size exceeds 4GB. This is due to the fact that the FAT32 file system is installed on the flash drive, which is not intended for large files.

To remove the restriction, you need to reinstall the file system on the flash drive. This can also be done on a local disk. For more information about file systems, our article will tell What is the best file system.

See below for how to change the file system.

How to change file system flash drives on NTFS

There are at least three simple ways to change the file system on a flash drive. Consider each of them in more detail.

Changing the file system formatting

This method is the easiest of all. We transfer all the necessary files to a computer, and then select the “Format” flash drive in the menu. In the window that opens, we change FAT32 to NTFS and start formatting. After the end you will receive a flash drive with a new file system.

File system change without formatting

You can also change the file system without transferring data and formatting. To do this, go to Start - Run - write the word "cmd" - click OK. After these manipulations, the command line will open, where we write the following:

  • CONVERT E: / FS: NTFS / NoSecurity / X

WhereE: - the letter designating the location of the flash drive.

After that, the program will be executed and the flash drive will receive a new file system. In this case, the files will remain in place.

Change the file system using the program

You can change the file system with. Before starting the process, it is important to copy all information to your hard drive from a USB flash drive.

However, this program does not make sense to use if you can just format the USB flash drive.

If everything is quite simple with a flash drive, then changing the file system of the local disk will cause certain difficulties. Read about it below.

How to change the disk file system

With a local disk, everything is a bit more complicated, because a lot of your files are stored on it, which are often not possible to transfer. There are also several ways to solve the problem.

Change file system disk formatting

Just like with a flash drive, you can format the local disk.This is also done through the context menu where you need to click "Format". The interface will be similar to a flash drive. Choose a file system and format it.

It is important to understand that in this case all the files on the local disk will simply be erased. Therefore, before this, it is desirable to transfer everything to another local disk or removable media.

Changing the file system of the disk without formatting

And here everything happens exactly the same as in the case of a flash drive:

  1. Open Start, click "Run."
  2. In the window that opens, enter "Cmd", which will cause the command line.
  3. In it we enter the command: CONVERT D: / FS: NTFS / NoSecurity / X, where D: is the address of the local disk.
  4. Enjoying the conversion process.

After the process is completed, it is also necessary to carry out Disk Defragmentation in order to combine parts of the programs in one hard disk space. This will increase productivity.

It is important to understand that translating a local disk with Windows recorded on it can adversely affect the performance of the computer. Therefore, you can leave such a local disk in the old file system. It will not be worse.