Format a hard drive larger than 32 GB in FAT32

format fat 32 hard drive
format fat 32 hard drive

Last updated: July 3, 2022

The problem with hard drives over 32 GBis that you cannot format them to FAT32 under Windows. However, the NTFS format is not compatible with all systems.

Imagine you want to use your hard drive on a Mac or a Media Center ... Here's how to fix it.

FAT32 is a file system invented by Microsoft. Its advantage is its great compatibility with the majority of products : televisions, multimedia boxes, the Playstation 4 all use the Fat32. It is also compatible in writing and reading on a Windows or Mac computer. Its biggest flaw is the size limit for each file to 4 GB maximum (and limit to a total disk capacity of 2TB).

So for format to FAT32 a hard drive over 32 GB, just use the software Fat32 Formatter.

Fat32 Formatter is a free software allowing you to format hard disks and USB keys in FAT32 format even above 32 GB. You can therefore bypass the limitation set by Windows and thus redo your partitions without worrying about their size.

How to format a hard drive over 32 GB to FAT32?

Fat32Formatter is very easy to learn. Although it is not available in French, the software is quick to set up. The application does not require any installation or configuration beforehand.

To use it, just download Fat32Formatter software, to decompress the archive then to launch it. Then select your disk in the list, check the Quick Format box and click on Start. More problems !