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How to Format External Hard Drive to FAT32 in Windows 10

Posted on Jan 08, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Format HDD and external hard disk drive to FAT32 in Windows 10 computer, then it can be read by both Windows computer and a MAC. In this page, we introduce two effective ways to format your NTFS external hard drive to FAT32 file system in Windows 10.

Why Do You Format External Hard to FAT32?

There is no doubt that you'd like to utilize an external hard drive to its utmost. Why do I say it like this? Because each operating system reads a specific file system. If you got a NTFS hard drive, then you can only apply it in a Windows computer other than in a Mac. However, the thing turns totally different if you got a FAT32 external storage drive, either Windows OS or Mac OS X would recognize it very happily. Don't waste your money to invest in another new drive if you sadly found that your NTFS hard drive is not usable on some devices that require a FAT32 file format drive.

Other than the file system difference between Windows and Mac operating system, PlayStation console players should know that the format of an external USB drive has to be FAT32, too. To add an external USB drive to the console, they have to format PS USB to FAT32. So in any case where the FAT32 file system is required, you can apply the following two methods to format the external hard drive to FAT32 at once.

How to Format External Hard Drive to FAT32 in Windows Computer?

The coming two methods are tested as the most effective in formatting an external drive to FAT32. I've given an example of each method in Windows 10 computer respectively, which I'm running so far.

Method 1. Format External Hard Drive in FAT32 Using DOS

1) Open a command window by directly typing CDM in Windows 10 "Search the web and Windows" box. Windows 10 will show you the best match Command Prompt.

2) Type the command "format /FS:FAT32 H:" at the prompt. H is the drive letter of your external hard drive in Windows 10. If it's not for your case, replace the drive letter H with your own letter.

3) Hit Enter. Windows 10 will go ahead and begin formatting the drive in FAT32.

Method 2. Format External Hard Drive in FAT32 Using Professional Format Tool

If you're not a computer savvy and afraid of making a mess by using command prompt, try this easier method. EaseUS free partition manager is a third-party format utility that can help format external hard drive, USB drive, SD card and any other removable storage device to FAT32 very easily and quickly. It requires little technological background, which should be the primary choice for computer novices. Learn how to format the external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10 with EaseUS Partition Master.

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Step 1. Insert the external hard drive into your Windows 10 computer and launch EaseUS partition manager.

Step 2. Right-click the external drive and choose "Format partition".

choose format partition to format external hard drive to FAT32

Step 3. A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label and choose a file system. Here you should choose FAT32. Click "OK".

format external hard drive to FAT 32 in Windows 10

Step 4. Apply the changes you've made by turning back to the main window.