Large disks and FAT32.

Microsoft Windows starting with Windows XP doesn't allow you to format a partition larger than 32 GB to FAT32. Note that if such partition has been created earlier, you can use the partition normally.

However, there are situations when you need to format a large disk to FAT32, for example to use the disk in a standalone player. To do this, you can use the program which is called FAT32format (

Theoretically, the maximum size of FAT32 partition equals 228*32 KB = 8 TB (, but in practice (for the sake of compatibility) it would be better to limit yourself to 2TB.


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