Format a Drive with FAT32 on Windows
First of all, you can get this information about formatting a drive with the FAT32 file system directly from the “horse’s mouth” – Microsoft has a nice write-up about partitioning and formatting drives, right here. If things don’t work as expected, read on.
Format a Drive 32 GB or Smaller with FAT32
- Open the Command Prompt by searching cmd on your computer.
- In your Window’s command prompt, replacing <drive letter> with the USB’s drive letter, type in:
format <drive letter>: /FS:FAT32
Format a Drive Larger than 32 GB with FAT32
- If you’re comfortable with the Windows Command Prompt, download fat32format. If you are not comfortable with the Command Prompt, you can download the Graphical User Interface for fat32format.
- Follow the simple-to-understand instructions on fat32format’s homepage.
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