The Volume is too big for FAT32

by Jane / Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / PUBLISHED inPartition Magic Guide

This error the volume is too big for fat32 error often shows when we trying to format the hard drive with more than 1TB capacity in command prompt. If the external hard drive has NTFS format in, it's better to use 3rd party format software to format FAT32. Macrorit 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.

Steps of fixing error "the volume is too big for FAT32" in Macrorit Partition Expert are followed:

  1. Download this program from the above link, install and portable packages are both available, install the software or directly run from portable edition;
  2. Right-click on the target Drive, and choose "Format Volume" from the menu;
  3. in the format window,
    1. choose file system between "NTFS", "FAT16" and "FAT32", of course, we select "FAT32";
    2. Cluster size: 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K, 32K and 64K are available, for disk capacity beyond 1TB, 32K and 64K are recommended;
    3. Drive label: label this drive with partition description;
    4. 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;
  4. Click OK and Commit to format this drive to FAT32.
format partition to fat32
fat32 format tool
Convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss

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:

  1. Run NTFS to FAT32 Converter, and disk map is loaded automatically, click target Drive, and click "Convert Now";
  2. Click OK to confirm this operation;
NTFS to FAT32 Converter

This error message also shows when some external hard drive, say 500GB external hard disk, need to format a partition which size is larger than 32GB to FAT32, we can't do this unless we use some disk manager, this NTFS to FAT32 converter, however, will help us to convert file system to FAT32 without formatting.

Yes, it's that easy, Download and have a try.

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