By Cherry / Last Updated May 15, 2020


Here start with a case:

A user have a 1TB external hard drive and want to format the entire disk into FAT32. But when he tried to do it with the Windows Disk Management, he was told that the format cannot be reached when the hard disk drive is larger than 32GB. What the problem with and how does he do it?

The truth is that there is a 32GB size limit existing on FAT32 formatting. The Windows cannot format drives and partitions larger than 32GB in FAT32. How to solve the problem so that users can format hard drive to FAT32 without any limitations?

FAT32Formatter is such a FAT32 format program which is freeware and made by TOKIWA to format hard drive larger than 32GB to FAT32. It can walk around the OS restriction to a 32GB size limitation on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7.


Except some of hard drive manufacturers have created their own tools for converting drive which is larger than 32GB to FAT32, such as Seagate DiscWizard and Western Digital FAT32 Formatting Tool, it is good to use FAT32Formatter or other third party software to format hard drive larger than 32GB to FAT32.

The best alternative to FAT32Formatter

There are many alternatives to FAT32Formatter, and the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional should be the best alternative to FAT32Formatter. AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great partition manager that you can use to partition your hard drive better. For example, you can use it to resize partition volume flexible,create partition with a few simple clicks, or others. For formatting hard drive to FAT32, you can use its “Format Partition” or “NTFS to FAT32 Converter” function. The former one will erase all data on the hard drive while formatting. So if there is any important data on your hard drive, backup them first. If you wants to format hard drive without losing data, the NTFS to FAT32 Converter is more suitable. You can even use it to format 3TB hard drive to FAT32.

How to format 1TB hard drive with the best alternative to FAT32Formatter

AOMEI Partition Assistant provides you a very simple and instructive UI that any one could handle it easily. Here you can follow the steps to format 1TB hard drive without losing data.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. ClickNTFS to FAT32 Converter (or you can right click the partition to select “Format Partition”).


Step2.You will get into the wizard of NTFS to FAT32 Converter. Select NTFS to FAT32, click Next.


Step3.Then, select the partition that you want to convert FAT32 in the list. Click Next.

Select Partition

Step4. Confirm the operations and clickProceed to execute the task.


Step5. When the job done, click Finish.


AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is such a great and simple alternative to FAT32Formatter for Windows PC users including Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, you also download its free edition. besides format hard drive, there are many other utilities for you to manage your hard disk better, like migrate OS to SSD, create bootable media, and many more. If you are a Windows Server user, the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is suitable for you.