Fat32 and NTFS are both file systems, but they are different. FAT32 takes 32bit file
allocation table, which strengthens managing capability to disk and breaks out the
limitation that the volume of every partition is 2GB. Besides as an old file system,
which was first introduced by Microsoft in 1996, it supports a large number of
Why need to format Toshiba external hard drive to FAT32?
Considering that FAT32 supports many internal/external medium, then there will be a
lot of situations that you need to format your Toshiba external hard drive to FAT32.
This is because NTFS is compatible with much less hardware/software than FAT32. For
When you store all games on your Toshiba external hard drive so you can play on PS3,
but to find that your PS3 cannot recognize the drive, because only FAT32 can be
recognized by PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Media Player, Mac, TV set, etc. At this
time, you do need to format Toshiba hard drive to FAT32.
And there are still more as when you want to access some files from DOS mode while
the default NTFS partition can’t be read by DOS system and only FAT32 supports to
do. Then you have to format your Toshiba hard drive to FAT32.
How to format Toshiba external hard drive to FAT32?
“How to format my Toshiba external hard drive to FAT32?” You may ask. Don’t
worry, we’ll offer you two solutions and you can choose any one of it.
Solution1: format Toshiba external hard drive by reformatting
With this solution, we’ll use Windows inbuilt Disk Management. But if your Toshiba
drive is larger than 32GB, then “FAT32” option will be invalid ( more
information you can refer to How to
Format Hard Drive Larger than 32GB into FAT32). And once reformat, the
information on drive will be erased, so backup the
data if necessary.
1. Open Disk Management in Windows
2. Right click on the Toshiba external hard drive and select “Format...” in
the drop-down menu.
3. Select “FAT32” in the “File system” line and then choose “Quick
4. Finally click “Start” to format, and this process may cost you
Solution2: convert Toshiba external hard drive to FAT32 without
To do so, we recommend you a free and powerful software - AOMEI Partition Assistant,
which has the advantage that converting NFTS to FAT32 without data loss. With
intuitive interface of it, anyone can easily achieve job in few simple
1. Download, install and Launch AOMEI
Partition Assistant Standard. Click “NTFS to FAT32 converter” on the left
side of main window.
2. In pop-up window, choose “NTFS to FAT32” and click “Next”.
3. Select the Toshiba external hard drive partition.
4. You will get a note to advise you check the partition with chldsk.exe before
clicking proceed. Click “Proceed” when everything is ready. After that, the
converter wizard will guide you to execute this operation.
5. Click “Finish”.
Now you can back to see that your Toshiba external hard drive has become FAT32.
Now, you have two choices to format Toshiba external hard drive to FAT32, which one
do you prefer? Anyway, compared with Disk Management, AOMEI Partition Assistant
is also free but guarantee the data safe on your Toshiba external hard drive. Then
it may be easy for you to make a choice, right?