How To Format USB / Hard Disk Drive as FAT32 / NTFS File System

Before going to create or format USBS / Hard Disk Drive as FAT or NTFS file system type, you must have some idea about FAT and NTFS. We all know that file systems are the important part of storage device whether it may be a Hard Disk drive or a USB device. Generally File Systems are created for keeping track of files in the storage device. Every storage device has mainly two types of file system. One is FAT and another is NTFS.

FAT (File Allocation Table) was created by Bill Gates and Marc McDonald in 1977 and since then it has undergone many changes and later it becomes FAT16, FAT32. The number 16 and 32 denotes the number of bits needed to keep track of the files. Maximum size of FAT partition is upto 2 TB and maximum file size is upto 4 GB. If you use linux operating system then FAT is better choice. Read also : How to put AdSense ad below blogger post title.

NTFS (New Technology File System) is a high-performance and self-healing file system which supports file-level security, compression and auditing. NTFS also supports large volumes and powerful storage solution such as RAID. The most important feature of NTFS file system is the ability to encrypt files and folders to protect the sensitive data in your hard disk. NTFS supported by all operating systems except linux. FAT32 can be converted into NTFS but it is hard to convert NTFS to FAT32.

To format a USB device or existing hard disk drive as FAT32 format, you must have windows operating system installed machine. Read also : How to decorate text with shadow effects using CSS.

Step 1. If you want to format a USB device as FAT32 format then insert the USB device into the USB port of your computer.

Step 2. After that right click Computer icon located on your Desktop and then select Manage.

Step 3. Once you select Manage, Computer Management window opens. Now you need to select Disk Management under Storage. Read also : How to resolve Gmail / PlayStore app login error on android phone.

Now you are able to see all your disk drives with its Disk name like Disk 0, Disk 1 and CD-DVD ROM. Disk 0 contains Local Disks like C, D, E drives with its storage capacity and file system type (NTFS/FAT32) etc. Disk 1 is the USB device. If your USB device is new then you will see some unallocated space with its storage capacity against Disk 1.
Step 4. Now you need to right click anywhere on Unallocated space and select New Simple Volume…

Step 5. Now click Next

Step 6. In this step you need to specify the space size in MB. Although FAT support maximum partition size is 2TB and maximum file size 4GB, but microsoft sets maximum partition size is 32768 MB i.e, almost 33GB. If you select space size more than 32768 MB, then you need to format your device either as exFAT or NTFS file system type. After that click Next. Read also : How to protect computer from WannaCry ransomware virus.

Step 6.Again click Finish

Now your device is formatted as FAT32 / exFAT / NTFS file system type. That’s it!

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