This error-message often shows when we want to format hard drive with more than 1TB capacity in DOS command line. If the external hard drive has NTFS format in, it's better to use 3rd party format software to format FAT32. Macrorit Disk Partition Expert is the partition manager we would like to recommend, besides, if the external hard drive with NTFS format has data in, there's no need to format it to FAT32 again, just Convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss in NTFS to FAT32 Converter, another freeware from Macrorit.
How to fix "the volume is too big for FAT32" problem with Macrorit Disk Partition Expert
Steps of fixing error "the volume is too big for FAT32" in Macrorit Disk Partition Expert are followed:
- Download this program from the above link, install and portable packages are both available, install the software or directly run from portable edition;
- Right-click on the target Drive, and choose "Format Volume" from the menu;
- in the format window,
- choose file system between "NTFS", "FAT16" and "FAT32", of course, we select "FAT32";
- Cluster size: 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K, 32K and 64K are available, for disk capacity beyond 1TB, 32K and 64K are recommended;
- Drive label: label this drive with partition description;
- Quick format: this one is checked as default setting, you can uncheck it and format speed will slow; or just ignore this if all you want if FAT32;
- Click OK and Commit to format this drive to FAT32.
How to Convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data in NTFS to FAT32 Converter?
Another situation we might meet is that the external hard drive we use contains data and much other stuff in it. Format the whole disk will cause data loss, but there's a way to keep data and use FAT32 at the same time. Download NTFS to FAT32 Converter and follow the steps:
- Run NTFS to FAT32 Converter, and disk map is loaded automatically, click target Drive, and click "Convert Now";
- Click OK to confirm this operation;
Yes, it's that easy, Download and have a try.