Go Back   Computer Forums > Articles | Tutorials | Tech Notes > Articles | Computer and Server Software
Join Computer forums Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-27-2010, 02:20 PM   #1
Baseband Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 55
Default How to Format a FAT32 Partition Larger Than 32GB

Hey guys, I'm going to show you how to format a FAT32 partition bigger than 32GB on a windows OS. Be cautious about formatting an entire hard drive FAT32 because FAT32 doesn't allow files over the size of 4GB. A reason to do this is almost every operating system accepts 32GB, including the PS3 which allows you to store movies, music, pictures on an external hard drive, but still have space for games.

Scroll down for video tutorial

First off, you are going to need to delete existing partitions that are on that hard drive. To do this, just right-click on computer, go to manage, and then disk management on the left hand side. Find your partitions in the top window or the drive itself in the bottom window. Delete each partition on the drive you are formatting by selecting and hitting the "Delete" key.
Close the disk management window.

You're going to need to download one of the following programs. Choose the program that suits your hard drive. If you don't know what your hard drive is, try the Seagate one, and if that does not work, try the Western Digital.

Maxtor or Seagate hard drive:
Western Digital hard drive:
WD Support / Downloads / My Book / My Book Studio Edition

My tutorial will be using the Seagate formatter but the Western Digital should not be much different.

When you open the program, it will analyze the current drives and find that there is an blank disc drive and ask if you want to format that drive. Choose yes. Keep kitting "next" until you have the option between NTFS, FAT32, or FAT16. Choose FAT32, of course. Hit next. Choose whether you want the drive to be primary or a logical drive. Either would be fine. I chose primary because, well, it was going to be the primary drive. Next. Then choose how much capacity you want the drive to have in the partition size box. Next. Give the drive a name of your choice. Then if you have any space left after, then you can go through the last paragraph formatting the drive however you want, with different partitions. When you have all the space on your hard drive filled with partitions, choose proceed and it will format your hard drive how you want it.

Then go to "My Computer" to check and make sure your drives are there. If you have any problems, you can download the other program or repeat the entire process. When I was trying to do this myself, it didn't detect the empty hard drive maybe one or two times but it eventually got it. Thanks for using my tutorial and please rate and subscribe in the following video:

stuiedaman is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:18 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0