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Fix for 'The volume is too big for FAT32'

Updated on Dec 11, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Summary:
Windows failed to format the hard drive or partition to the FAT32 file system and sent an error message 'the volume is too big for FAT32'? Here we will explain why the volume is too big for FAT32 and how to fix the error to format a large hard drive to FAT32 without a problem.

Windows says "The volume is too big for FAT32."

"I'm trying to format a 500GB external HDD to the FAT32 file system so that it can be read by PS3. Now I've been waiting for the formatting for a whole morning. It gets to 99% completion but won't proceed. At last, Windows failed to format the drive and said 'the volume is too big for FAT32'. What's the matter? How can I fix this problem?"

As we all know that PS3 can't read NTFS drives, to make your NTFS hard drives usable on a PlayStation, you have to convert NTFS to FAT32. However, the FAT32 file system is pretty old, and one shortcoming of FAT32 is that the maximum volume size limit is 32GB.

The bad news is that Windows can't directly format some large hard drives beyond 32GB to FAT32. For example, if you try to format 64GB USB flash drive to FAT32 in Windows Disk Management, it usually goes about 99% but finally ends up with an error message "The volume is too big for FAT32".

How to format large drive beyond 32GB to FAT32 without problems

To fix "the volume is too big for FAT32" error in Windows 10/8.1/8/7, you need a third-party FAT32 format tool. EaseUS Partition Master is a free partition manager software that allows people to format hard drive partitions larger than 32GB to FAT32 without any hassle. 

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 Windows 10 is supported

Just connect your external hard drive with the computer which has the partition software installed and follow the guide below carefully, you can format any NTFS HDD, USB flash drive and SD card beyond 32GB without encountering the error message "the volume is too big for FAT32".

Warning
Formatting will erase all data on the drive, so make sure that you created a copy of the important data there.
 

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

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, 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 on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4