Question: I use Windows 8 on my PC, and I recently bought a 1TB drive to replace my old small drive. I bought this drive mainly for PS3 use which cannot support NTFS partition, but the drive arrived with NTFS format. How can I change NTFS to Fat32?
Maybe NTFS file system is prior to FAT32, but it can't be recognized by some devices, such as Xbox 360, PS3, etc. If you wish to make data available to these applications that cannot properly read or write to NTFS partitions, you need to format hard drive partition from NTFS to FAT32.
However, Windows snap-in disk management can not format partition from NTFS to FAT 32 when the size of it is larger than 32 GB. Therefore, you need to use some partition software to format partition to Fat 32 in Windows 8, such as AOMEI Partition Assistant, which is a powerful partition software. The following passages are going to introduce how to format NTFS to Fat 32 in Windows 8 with this software.
Tip: Reformatting the volume will destroy all the data on it, so be sure to back up the data you want to keep before you begin.
Step1: Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition. Right click the volume in question and choose "Format" option in the drop-down menu.
Step2: In the pop-up Window, choose FAT32 file system in the shortcut and click "OK" to continue.
Step3: In the main interface, you can see the volume has been formatted to Fat32. Then click "Apply" on the toolbar to commit the operation.
The steps above demonstrate how to reformat NTFS volume to Fat 32. If you want to covert NTFS to Fat32 without reformatting, you can use AOMEI NTFS to FAT32 Converter , a file system conversion software that specifically designed to convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data. In addition, it can work on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 (Both 32bit and 64bit). For more information about how to do it, you can refer to this article.