Question: I am trying to format a quite large external HDD to FAT32 but Windows built-in Disk Management can’t format large disks into FAT32, only NTFS and FAT. Can anyone recommend a simple free third-party program to do this?

This is a question asked in forum by netizen, and it is not a unique question someone encounters. When you encounter this problem, you may think disk management. If you want to format a drive larger than 32GB in FAT32 with disk management, the answer must be NO. Before formatting hard disk, we must clarify some features about FAT32.

About FAT 32

FAT32 is one of system partition format. It takes 32 bit file allocation table, which strengthen managing capability to disk, and break out the limitation that the volume of every partition is 2GB. One of its defeats is allowing to be created up to 32GB volume. That is to say, if there is a hard drive is larger than 32 GB, it can’t be formatted into FAT32.

Often, a user may need to have a FAT32 format hard drive to store some applications like Xbox 360, PS3, etc. However, Windows does not offer the ability to format a drive larger than 32GB in FAT32; the only available choices are NTFS or ExFAT. To format hard drive larger than 32 GB in FAT32 under Windows, you need to use third-party software that is able to format your disk to FAT32 easily. And in this article, I will show you how to do it.

Format a drive larger than 32GB in FAT32 with third-party software.

Besides Microsoft, there are many other technology companies in this world and they aim to research on disk and partition. It is good thinking way that format hard drive into FAT32 with third-party software, because you can’t convert disk from NTFS to FAT32 without Microsoft built-in tool. You can type keywords in Google or Bing, you will see many article or page link about formatting partition. Of these third-party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great partition management tool for Windows. It can be used in Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions are supported.

AOMEI Partition Assistant has five editions: Standard, Lite, Profession, Server, and Unlimited. This partition manager allows you to perform all possible operations on your hard disk drives such as create, delete, move, resize, and copy partitions and so on. In general, there are freeware or paid edition, there are different in function to every edition. The Paid edition has more function than freeware. But, you can download edition according to what you need. In this case about formatting hard disk to FAT32, the freeware can be recommended, and it can help you save money and time. Only three steps can achieve formatting hard disk to FAT32.

Step-by-step guide to format hard drive into FAT32

Step 1: download install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant standard edition, select partition E and select “NTFS to FAT32 Converter” this wizard

Snap1Select Format Partition in the interface

 Step 2: In the pop-up window, choose “       NTFS to FAT32” this option and click “Next”

Select the type of conversion

 Step 3: select partition E as the partition that you want to convert to FAT32 and click “Next”.

Click Apply

 Step 4. Click “proceed” and then click “Yes” in the pop-up windows

Make sure you want to convert

 Step 5.make sure the result after you convert.

Snap5The result

From the steps above, you can know it is easy to format a large-size partition into FAT 32 with AOMEI software. Actually, you can format volume into FAT32 with AOMEI Partition Assistant without formatting any data or files. It will save you lots of time and money. You can draw inferences about other cases from one intense. Next time, if you want to use other formatted partition, you can format this with AOM2EI Partition Assistant. For more information about this disk management tool, please see this