The Truth - 32GB Size Limit Exists on FAT32 Formatting
It is not silly indeed, let's face it; Windows cannot format drives and partitions larger than 32GB in FAT32. Certainly, you can use the DOS command prompt to format drives and partitions beyond 1TB. But if you have a drive that is 1TB or larger, you may still not use the DOS command prompt to format and get an error saying "The volume is too big for FAT32".
Some of the hard drive manufacturers have created their own tools for converting a drive which is larger than 32 GB to FAT32, such as Seagate DiscWizard and Western Digital (WD) FAT32 Formatting Tool. If you are using such brand hard drive, you can use their tools to accomplish the task. But if you are not using such brand hard drive, in that case, you might turn some 3rd party programs for help which will allow you to format an external hard drive with the larger size. It is worth using the FAT32 Formatter in Macrorit Free Partition Software and other advanced editions.
The Free Specific Utility - Format FAT32 Drives beyond 32GB Limit
Macrorit Partition Expert is an optimal solution that you can use to get the job done. You can use it to format many types of external drives such as USB, Firewire, PCMIA, SATA, and SCSI. Formatting large hard drive in FAT32 is no longer a problem by using the features of "Format Volume" and "Convert to FAT32 Partition" in Macrorit Partition Expert, the former format feature could assist you to reach the format the large drive in FAT32 without size limit (This feature will erase all data that stored in the target drive, so the target drive should be empty); the later convert feature is more advanced, if your drive contains important data, it is capable of helping you to convert to FAT32 partition without data losing (This feature is widely used for Sony external Hard Disk Drive to FAT32 file system prior to use it with your PS3 or other devices which contains large game files or videos). Let's see the details.
Free FAT32 Formatting Utility – For Empty Large Drive
Step 1: After launching the program, right-click the NTFS partition in the main disk partition map interface to get the drop-down menu, select "Format Volume" to start.
Step 2: In the new window, choose FAT32 in the drop-down in file system area, then set the related info as your wish, click "OK" to confirm the task and add it to pending task list. (If you are not similar with Cluster Size, please do not change the cluster size.)
Step 3: Back to the main window, last but not the least, you need to commit the change(s) (Shows in Pending Operations area) to effect by clicking "Commit" button. It will only take several seconds to finish.
Free FAT32 Converter – Convert to FAT32 and Keep Your Data Intact
Convert large drive in FAT32 without data losing can be realized with the feature of "Convert to FAT32". If you are trying to use FAT32 for your Windows internal hard disk, or if you have a plan to use your Sony external Hard Disk Drive with a PS3 or any other device that only supports the FAT32 file system, this feature could help you to reach the safely conversion and keeps all data intact. More detail steps, read Easy Approach to Converting NTFS to FAT32 Partition.
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