What to Do If I Want to Format a Hard Drive to FAT32?

I want to format one of my hard drives to FAT32 in Windows. But I'm unsure I know the right procedure, so I'm here to seek help. What to do if I want to format a hard drive to FAT32? Thanks for your help.

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Roxanne· Answered on Aug 09, 2023

Your hard drive's size will determine what tool you choose to format. In general, you can use Disk Management to format the drive to FAT32. However, there is no option to format the hard drive bigger than 32 GB to FAT32 in Windows. In this case, you will need the help of a third-party partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master, which can format hard drives to FAT32 that are large than 32 GB without effort. 

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Notification: After formatting, you will lose all your data on this hard drive. It is recommended to have a full backup.

Way 1. EaseUS Partition Master(All Size)

EaseUS Partition Master can enable you to format hard drives of all sizes, such as 2 TB, 4 TB, and 16 TB hard drives to any common file system you want. Keep reading and do as the specific guide suggests:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and click "Partition Master," find the partition you wish to format as FAT32, and right-click to choose "Format."

Step 2. Adjust the Partition label, File system (FAT32), and Cluster size, then click "OK." (Hit "OK" to confirm when the warning window pops up.)

Step 3. Click "Execute 1 Task" and "Apply" to force formatting.

Way 2. Disk Management(Smaller Than 32 GB)

If your hard drive is smaller than 32 GB, you can use Disk Management in Windows as follows:

  • Navigate to "This PC" > "Manage" > "Disk Management."
  • Right-click on your target hard drive and select "Format."
  • Set the FAT32 file system, check the "Perform a quick format" option, and click "OK" to apply.

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