Windows 10: FAT32 for 1 T drive

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  1.    20 Jan 2017 #1

    FAT32 for 1 T drive


    How can I format a 1 T usb drive to FAT32 beyond the Window 10 32gig limit?

    Ideally I would like to have the entire drive FAT32/

    I have seem some free download apps but they look dated.

    Any specific recommendations?
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  3.    21 Jan 2017 #3

    Two suggestions.

    You could try and find more modern alternatives to the software you have downloaded.

    You could think about installing virtual software such as vmware with the relevant version of Windows installed on it in order to get your software to correctly run.
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       21 Jan 2017 #4

    Download, install and run MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition 9.1 Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free Delete all existing partitions on your 1TB drive. The full drive should show as unallocated.
    Again right click on it and click on create. Choose FAT32 as File system > OK > Apply.

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    Note: All data in your drive will be lost when you delete and format the drive. So backup all data in the drive to another HDD. Make sure that you select the correct drive to delete and format.
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  5.    21 Jan 2017 #5

    There is a limit for a reason if you exceed that limit you can end up with looping fat so you loose all your data
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       21 Jan 2017 #6

    ^ Not true. I haven't come across any such loop back reported . The maximum theoretical size for FAT32 is 2TB ( Windows NT 3.51 supported upto 2TB FAT32 drives). But yes, the larger the FAT32 drive, the larger the cluster size, the larger the File Allocation Table, wastage of space and therefore it is less efficient. Most limitations are imposed by OS for efficient operation of the OS and the coding practices and does not apply for data drives.

    FAT32Format does not perform disk integrity checks on any newly formatted FAT32 spaces. OP is advised to run the command "chkdsk/R x:" after the format, replacing "x:" with the appropriate drive letter in question.
    Last edited by jumanji; 22 Jan 2017 at 04:44.
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       21 Jan 2017 #7

    mikeincousa said: View Post
    I have seem some free download apps but they look dated.
    You could create a small partition and install those apps there. If you talking about store apps:

    Storage Save Locations - Change in Windows 10

    Do not forget, that FAT32 limits max file size to 4GB.
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  8.    21 Jan 2017 #8

    jumanji said: View Post
    Download, install and run MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition 9.1 Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free Delete all existing partitions on your 1TB drive. The full drive should show as unallocated.
    Again right click on it and click on create. Choose FAT32 as File system > OK > Apply.

    Note: All data in your drive will be lost when you delete and format the drive. So backup all data in the drive to another HDD. Make sure that you select the correct drive to delete and format.
    If the drive is already NTFS - then why not just select the option convert NTFS to FAT and not lose the data?

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Do not forget, that FAT32 limits max file size to 4GB.
    FAT32 file size limit is 2 GB.
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       21 Jan 2017 #9

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    FAT32 file size limit is 2 GB.
    FAT16 has 2GB, FAT32 has 4GB.

    NTFS.com. NTFS vs FAT vs exFAT
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  10.    21 Jan 2017 #10

    Isn't Fat 32 4GB max file size limit, and 2 TB max partition size?
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