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How to Format External Hard Drive to FAT32 in Windows 10

Updated on Dec 04, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

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

Why Do You Format External Hard to FAT32

It is no doubt that you want to make full use of your external hard drive. Why do I say it like this? Because each operating system reads a specific file system. If you got an NTFS hard drive, then you can only apply it in a Windows computer other than in a Mac. However, the thing turns entirely 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

Step 1: Open a command window by directly enter CDM in Windows 10 "Search the web and Windows" box.

Step 2: Type the command format /FS: FAT32 H: at the prompt. (H is the drive letter of your external hard drive in Windows 10. Replace "H" with the drive letter on your device.)

Step 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 afraid of making a mess by using command prompt, try this more straightforward method. EaseUS free partition manager is a third-party format utility that can help format an external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, and any other removable storage device to FAT32 easily and quickly, which should be the primary choice for computer novices. Connect your storage device to your computer correctly and learn how to format the external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10 with EaseUS Partition Master from the steps below.

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Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, enter the Partition label, choose the FAT32 file system, and set the cluster size according to your needs, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition to FAT32.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4