Is It Possible to Format a 3 TB Hard Drive to FAT32 and How?

I recently purchased a 3TB external HDD to house all of my music and movies so I could use my PS3 to watch and listen to them. Long story short, I want to format it to FAT32 so my PS3 can recognize it.

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Roxanne· Answered on Aug 09, 2023

It is possible to format a 3 TB hard drive to FAT32. As we know, PS3 and other game consoles like PS4 and XBox360 don't support the NTFS file system. Hence, many gamers will format their NTFS hard drive to the FAT32 file system. However, the maximum hard drive capacity that FAT32 can support is 2TB. So, you need to create a partition of less than 2TB before formatting one of them to the FAT32 file system. 

If you find the fastest and easiest way, you can trust EaseUS Partition Master, a powerful disk manager that can complete the format procedure in three simple steps. In addition, it also provides support to help you format your hard drives to exFAT, NTFS, FAT32, and other standard file systems.

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Here is a quick guide on how to format a 3 TB to FAT32 with EaseUS Partition Mater:

Note: Formatting a partition will erase all data, so make a backup first if there are any essential data.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Partition Master and create a new partition on the target drive.

  • Has unallocated space: right-clicking the unallocated space of the target hard drive to choose "Create."
  • Without unallocated space: right-click on the existing partition with much free space, select "Resize/Move," and drag the end to shrink it. Choose "OK" > "Execute 1 Disk" > "Apply."

Step 2. Set the Partition size(less than 2 TB), File system (choose FAT32), and cluster size for the partition, then click "OK." 

Step 3. Then you will see a warning message. Click "Yes" to move on.

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task" button to review the changes, then click "Apply" to execute all changes.

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