FAT32, released by Microsoft in 1977, is the most common version of FAT file system. Due to its powerful compatibility, FAT32 is widely used in many embedded and portable devices. But for some old devices, like XP computers, XBOX360 and PSP, they only support FAT32.
Why FAT32 Option Is Not Available
Sometimes in daily life, you may need to format your drive to FAT32, because the device only recognizes FAT32, rather than exFAT or NTFS. Usually, it is very easy to format it to FAT32 just with Windows File Explorer, Disk Management or Command Prompt.
However, you may find FAT32 option not available occasionally when you are trying to format your drive to FAT32. Why does this case happen? Actually, it mainly results from the situation that the drive is larger than 32GB. In default Windows format option, FAT32 only applies to the drives that are 32GB and less. But if you a drive larger than 32GB, and you really need to format drive to FAT32, what will you do?
You Can Solve FAT32 Not an Option Issue Easily
Since Windows inbuilt tools can’t help you format a drive larger than 32GB to FAT32, in the rest of this post, I am going to introduce two ways to solve FAT32 option not available in Windows.
In order to complete this operation, you need to find a partition manager for Windows. MiniTool Partition Wizard may be a good choice. It is a freeware for Windows users to not only format drive to FAT32, but also copy partition, resize partition, convert NTFS to FAT32 and so on.
With its powerful formatting function, it can break the limit of Windows tools, and format USB drive and SD card larger than 32GB to FAT32 easily. Well, let’s see how it works.
Method 1 – Format Drive to FAT32 with Partition Wizard
Please follow the guide below to do it yourself:
Step 1: Install and Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard
After installing the software, run it and get the main interface of Partition Management. Connect the portable storage drive to computer. Make sure it is recognized in disk map of the interface.
Step 2: Choose Drive to Format
Right click the partition/drive needing to be formatted, and then choose Format from menu. In the Format Partition window, choose FAT32 from drop-down menu of File System. Click OK.
Step 3: Execute the Pending Operations
Back to the main interface, click Apply to make the changes effective.
Method 2 – Extend FAT32 Partition with Partition Wizard
If you have created a FAT32 partition on your drive, and you want to enlarge it more than 32GB, how to do it? Under this circumstance, just check if there is free space on the drive. Then, you can extend this FAT32 partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard easily.
Step 1: Also, on the main interface of Partition Wizard, right click the target FAT32 partition and choose Extend.
Step 2: In Extend Partition window, choose another partition or unallocated space to take free space. Drag the blue block rightward or leftward to determine how much free space you want to take. Click OK button.
Step 3: Hit Apply button to execute pending operations.
After finishing these steps, you’ve increased the FAT32 partition larger than 32 GB successfully.
Reading here, I guess you have learned how to solve FAT32 option not available when you need to format a drive (larger than 32GB) to FAT32, and how to extend a FAT32 partition on Windows with a free partition manager. You may follow the steps to work it out.
If you have any questions about formatting partition or extending partition, please feel free to let us know by leaving a comment in the section below.