format large usb flash drive external hard fat32 windows 10 easy tutorial

How to Format a Large Drive with FAT32 on Windows 10

Published by Soufiane Sabiri | Categories : Computers - Software - Computers - Tips & Tricks - Computers - Windows 10

Do you have a large external hard drive?

Do you want to format it with FAT32 for maximum compatibility?

As you know Windows doesn’t allow formatting drives higher than 32GB with FAT32 and allow only exFAT and NTFS.

In case you don’t plan on storing files larger than 4GB, FAT32 provides maximum compatibility with all devices that are available in the market. While NTFS is used widely for external and internal hard drives and is used for other reasons too.

In this tutorial, you will learn the easy way to format any drive using FAT32 file system.

You can also learn how to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data.

Let’s go!

Format Any Drive with FAT32 on Windows 10

First, open “This PC” and take note of the letter of the drive that you want to format with FAT32.

In my case, it’s a USB drive with the letter F:.

format usb drive disk external fat32 windows 10 1 this pc f

Download this FAT32 Gui tool from here:

After the download, select your drive, check “Quick Format” and click “Start“.

format usb drive disk external fat32 windows 10 2 program gui quick format start

Confirm the format by clicking on “OK“.

format usb drive disk external fat32 windows 10 3 format confirmation


format usb drive disk external fat32 windows 10 4 done

Format with FAT32 Using Command Prompt

If you have the time to wait for a couple of minutes you can try this command on the Command Prompt.

format /FS:FAT32 F:
fat32 cmd format large drive slow windows 10

There you have it, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below ;)

Thanks and see you in the next tutorial on Easytutorial.

Related tutorials:

Author: Soufiane Sabiri

Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

Be the first to leave a comment !

Leave a comment

xD oO ^_^ =] =) ;-( ;) :| :woot: :whistle: :sleep: :sick: :police: :p :o :ninja: :mm: :love: :lol: :kiss: :hmm: :evil: :bandit: :angel: :alien: :D :) :( 8)