Learn how to format external hard drives to FAT32 on Windows 10, especially how to format an USB Flash drive or external hard drive to FAT32 without 32GB limitation on Windows 10. The former recommendation fat32formatter is an excellent small tool to format external hard drives to FAT32 on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but does not work anymore on Windows 10. Fat32formatter can be started, but you cannot format any drive. I found the Macrorit Partition Expert Professional Edition (Version: 3.9.8, updated on Jul 22, 2016) and it is working seamlessly to format FAT32 on Windows 10.
You may ask why there is a need of formatting external hard drives to FAT32. I can tell you why. Apple’s AirPort Extreme base station and Time Capsule do not support encoded volumes, ExFAT and NTFS as external hard drives. However, I was looking for an option of formatting FAT32 on Windows 10 for my 233 GB Seagate external hard drive. I wanted to expand my private iCloud (‘miCloud‘) with this hard drive connected to one of my 2 Time Capsules.
Unfortunately, fat32formatter is not working anymore on Windows 10. The ‘Start‘ button is grayed meaning you cannot start formatting:
- Download and install freeware Macrorit Disk Partition Expert.
- Select the external hard drive you want to format to FAT32 on Windows10.
- Click on ‘Format Volume‘ on the left sidebar.
- Select ‘FAT32‘ for the ‘file system‘. I left the recommended ‘cluster size‘ 64k.
- Click on ‘OK‘ to start formatting FAT32 on Windows 10.
- After a short while, the formatting process is finished. The format of the external hard drive was turned from NTFS to FAT32. All 233 GB were formatted. Done!
External hard drives are easily formatted to FAT32 on Windows 10 without 32GB limitation. The freeware Macrorit Disk Partition Expert does this formatting job perfectly on Windows 10.
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