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How to Delete FAT32 Partition [Step-by-Step Guide]

Updated by Sherly on Nov 11, 2022

Are you looking for an efficient way to delete FAT32 partition? We have got you! The Fat File System, or File Allocation Table, is a file system developed by Microsoft and the Caldera Development Group for Windows computers. In this article, you can get three ways to delete a FAT32 partition. But first, we need to learn more details about FAT32.

Why Delete FAT32 Partition

FAT32 was the first FAT file system to exceed the 1000GB mark, providing up to 2TB of capacity. It has been in existence since 1996. Before we learn why to delete the FAT32 partition, let's see the pros and cons of FAT32.

Name Pros Cons
FAT32
  • Great stability and compatibility
  • Poor security
  • 4 GB maximum file size
  • 2 TB maximum partition size

Unlike the exFAT format, FAT32 has some limitations in its maximum size. From the table, you can see that the FAT32 max size is limited. Hence, what should you do if you want to store a file that is more than 4GB? You can delete the FAT32 partition. We summarize some main reasons for deleting the FAT32 partition:

  • To get more usable space
  • To break the FAT32 file size limit
  • To reduce partitions to better management

Windows allows you to delete FAT32 partitions to get more unallocated space, and this article will also show you three effective ways to delete partitions. So let's continue to learn.

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How to Delete FAT32 Partition - Three Ways

So how do I delete a FAT32 partition? Deleting a FAT32 partition in Windows is very simple. This guide will show how to delete FAT32 partitions using both built-in and third-party tools. Choose one based on your needs. 

Way 1. Delete FAT32 Partition Using EaseUS Partition Master

Way 2. Delete FAT32 Partition Using Disk Management

Way 3. Delete FAT32 Partition Using Diskpart Commands

If you are confused about these ways, you can make a choice according to the table below. EaseUS Partition Master Free is the easiest way and can help you delete FAT32 partitions efficiently with simple clicks.

Features EaseUS Partition Master Disk Management Diskpart Commands
Suitable Users
  • All users
  • Beginners
  • Experienced users
Operation Difficulty
  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Difficult
Data Safety
  • Safe
  • Relatively safe
  • Error easily occurs

Now, let's start with the easiest and safest one. Well, the methods mentioned in this article work for deleting partitions of various formats, such as exFAT, NTFS, etc. Besides, you can follow this link below if you want to learn more details about deleting partitions in Windows 10/11.

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The Windows operating system allows users to manage partitions by themselves. Therefore, users can delete one partition and expand another partition.

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Way 1. Delete FAT32 Partition Using EaseUS Partition Master - Easiest

EaseUS Partition Master is a professional disk manager for Windows users. It supports all Windows versions, so don't worry about its compatibility. It can help you delete the FAT32 partition efficiently and safely, and even if you are not a computing professional, you can perform this action with its prompts and clear interface.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Partition Manager".

Make sure that you've backed up the important data before deleting any partition on your disk.

Step 2. Select to delete partition or delete all partitions on hard drive.

  • Delete single partition: right-click on a partition that you want to delete and choose "Delete".
  • Delete all partitions: right-click a hard drive that you want to delete all partitions, and select "Delete All".

Step 3. Click "Yes" to confirm the deletion.

Step 4. Click "Execute xx Task" and then click "Apply" to save the change.

0:00 - 0:26 Delete single volumes; 0:27 - 0:53 Delete all partitions.

However, does EaseUS Partition Master have any other features to help with disk partition issues? Sure!

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If you are facing disk management problems, download it to help. It won't let you down!

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Way 2. Delete FAT32 Partition Using Disk Management - Medium

What is Disk Management? It is a utility that comes with Windows and is used to manage your computer disks as well as partitions. To delete a FAT32 partition using Disk Management, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Press "Windows+R" and then type "diskmgtmt.msc" and hit "Enter."

open disk management

Step 2. Locate the FAT32 partition you want to delete in the window.

Step 3. Right-click on that partition and choose "Delete Volume".

delete volume

Way 3. Delete FAT32 Partition Using Diskpart Commands - Difficult

Diskpart commands may be a little difficult for beginners, so pay attention to the commands to avoid any errors, which may lead to data loss. Now, follow the steps below to try Diskpart delete partition.

Step 1. Press "Windows+R" and type the command: CMD

Step 2. After opening CMD Window, type enter every time you type a command below:

  • diskpart
  • list disk 
  • select disk 1 
  • list partition 
  • select partition 1
  • delete partition

Note: Please replace 1 with the correct number or letter to avoid data loss.

diskpart delete partition

Step 3. Type exit to finish this action.

By the way, there is a link for you if you meet other problems when you are using Diskpart:

Conclusion

This guide explains the reasons why you should delete FAT32 partitions and the three ways to delete FAT32 partitions. EaseUS Partition Master is the easiest and safest method. It can easily delete or resize FAT32 partitions. You can also delete FAT32 partitions using Disk Management or Diskpart. In addition, there are three frequently asked questions about deleting FAT32 partitions. If you are interested, please read on.

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FAQs About How to Delete FAT32 Partition

This part may help if you have further questions about deleting a FAT32 partition. The three questions are as follows:

1. How do I delete a FAT32 partition on a USB?

Follow the steps and try deleting the FAT32 partition:

Step 1. Connect your USB to the PC and launch Disk Management.

Step 2. Find the targeted FAT32 partition on your USB and right-click on it.

Step 3. Choose "Delete Volume."

2. How to delete undeletable partitions?

Open your CMD and run it as administrator, and then type the following command:

  • list disk
  • select disk 2
  • list partition
  • select partition 2
  • delete partition

You need to replace 2 with the targeted disk number or partition number.

3. How do I fix the FAT32 volume is too big?

Follow the steps to try:

Step 1. Type PowerShell in the search box.

Step 2. Right-click PowerShell and select "Run as administrator."

Step 3. Type the command: Format /FS:FAT32 o:

Don't forget to hit enter after typing the command. The letter o represents the partition letter, so you can replace it with the correct one.

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge.

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