Hello, I need to format a 2TB hard drive to FAT32. please help!
FAT32 and NFTS are the mainstreams of the current file systems. Although NTFS is gaining popularity in this day and age, there are times we still need to create/convert/format a hard drive or partition into FAT32 file system. For example, you want to use that hard drive in windows 95, windows98, windows 2000, Sony PS4, etc, you will have to convert the first partition into FAT32.
Then how to convert a NTFS partition/hard Drive into FAT32? This post tells two methods.
Way 1: Format to FAT32
If you are familiar with Windows operating system, you should know there is a utility called Windows Disk Management, which helps a lot in basic partition management. To convert a partition to FAT32, users can format the partition directly and choose FAT32 as the target file system.
This method only works on small partitions of which the partition capacity should be smaller than 32GB. Otherwise you cannot select FAT32 as the target file system. Besides, formatting hard drive to FAT32 will lead to data loss so a backup is necessary for the important data.
Then what if you want to format a large partition to FAT32 just as the question we mentioned at the beginning of this post? Please read on.
Way 2: Convert Hard Drive to FAT32
A more mart choice for Window users should be a third-party freeware. MiniTool Partition Wizard helps to convert partition to FAT32 without losing data. Also, it can be used to convert large partition to FAT32.
Launch this application, right-click on the target partition and select “Convert NFTS to FAT“.
Then you can see the drive will be converted to FAT32 file system. Click “Apply” to finish the conversion.
Please note: This freeware only works on the conversion between FAT and NTFS. Click to see how to convert FAT32 to NTFS.
Now you have successfully converted a partition to FAT32 without formatting. If you think this freeware is helpful, you can download this program to your PC and try to convert a partition. In addition to file system conversion, this freeware also plays an important role in Windows disk management and is more competitive than Disk Management. However, it is you that make the judgment. Just download this freeware to have a try!