Can I Format a 2 TB External Hard Drive to FAT32 With a Simple Way?

I have a 2TB external hard drive that is usually used on my Windows PC. However, I want to plug it into my Mac, which doesn't support the NTFS file system. So I want to format this external hard drive to FAT32. How can I do that? Please give me some instructions. Thanks in advance.

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Roxanne· Answered on Aug 09, 2023

As we know, Mac can't support the NTFS file system, while Windows computers are compatible with it. Since FAT32 has high compatibility with almost all Operating Systems, you can format a 2 TB external hard drive to FAT32 to make this drive work on both Windows and Mac PCs. This article will provide a reliable and straightforward way to do it.

Further Reading: Format the USB Drive to FAT32 or NTFS

No built-in tool can help you format a hard drive to FAT32, so it can only be done with professional software. Based on your need, I will introduce a versatile disk management software, EaseUS Partition Master, which can help you seamlessly and smoothly format a 2 TB external hard drive to FAT32. 

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Refer to the following specific tutorial to format a 2 TB external hard drive with the help of EaseUS Partition Master:

Phase 1: Create a Full Backup of Your Important Data

Formatting an external hard drive will lose all the data, so it's vital to do data backup in advance. Here are some typical solutions for data backup:

  • Clone the entire drive to another hard drive or USB.
  • Use a professional backup tool and recover it later.

Phase 2: Format Hard Drive to FAT32

After creating a backup of your valuable data, you can learn how to run EaseUS Partition Master to format a 2 TB external hard drive in this part:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Partition Master after download, right-click the external hard drive you need to format, and click "Format."

Step 2. Set the Partition label, File system (FAT32), and Cluster size to format the hard drive, then select "OK." (Tap on the "OK" button in the warning window.)

Step 3. Choose the "Execute 1 Task" and "Apply" options to format the 2 TB external hard drive.

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