FAT32 Limitations

Why Can’t I Store large Files to FAT32 Partition

If you are a FAT32 users, you are like to have such experience: when you try to store a large file to your drive, computer will respond an error message: file is too large for the destination file system. Do you know what does this mean?
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In fact, this error message is caused by the FAT32 file system. We all know that today FAT32 and NTFS are the most commonly used file system for hard drives. FAT32 is compatible with most operating system and play stations, while NTFS offers better performance and higher security. But FAT32 limitations are annoying: you cannot store an individual file larger than 4GB to hard drive formatted with FAT32, you cannot create a partition using FAT32 file system when the file size is larger than 32GB in Windows disk manager. In this post, I will show you how to break FAT32 limitations.

Part 1 – Break FAT32 Partition Size Limit

Since Windows disk manager can’t create large partitions with FAT32 file system, I suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this job. MiniTool Partition Wizard is an all-in-one disk partition management software that can help a lot. For example, you can use it to create/resize/format/wipe partition, to copy disk and partition, to convert MBR and GPT, to migrate OS, and so on…to break FAT32 size limitations, you can use Partition Wizard to create large FAT32 partition. Here is what you need to do:
Download, install and launch this program. Then in the disk map click the unallocated space and choose “Create Partition”.
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In the new window, choose FAT32 as the file system and specify the partition size. You can also customize other parameters. Then click “OK” to go back to the main interface to hit “Apply”.
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Tip: you can also use “Extend Partition” feature” to enlarge FAT32 partition.

Part 2 – Break 4GB File Size Limitation

The second limitation that can happen to FAT32 file system is the 4GB issue. But MiniTool Partition Wizard also offers great solution, that is to convert FAT32 to NTFS without bringing any data loss. Please follow the guide below:
Click the FAT32 partition and choose “Convert FAT to NTFS”.
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In the small window, click “Start” and wait for the process to finish.
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In this post, I tell the limitations of FAT32 file system as well as give the corresponding solutions to create large FAT32 partition and go over the limit of storing 4GB individual file. In the daily usage of hard drive, you can try MiniTool Partition Wizard to help manage your disks, which I believe, won’t disappoint you.


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