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Format Large Disks to FAT32 with DriveImage XML

So far, formatting hard drives larger than 32 GB with FAT32 is quite difficult on Windows XP and Windows Vista. But today, I figured out a new trick. DriveImage XML, a free for private use software, can help you format a large hard drive to FAT32 easily. All you have to do is to backup an empty FAT32 drive image to your system. Then every time you need a FAT32 drive, just restore the empty FAT32 drive image to the large disk. To make it even easier for you, I've attached an image of an empty FAT32 drive below. Just download it, load it up in DriveImage XML and you'll have a FAT32 drive in no time. The FAT32 image is made with DriveImage XML 1.21, so it should work with the latest version of the software.

Attached File: Empty FAT32 (13 KB)

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 16 Nov 2008 08:43:02 +0000

I found this GUI tool and it is totally free (they ask you for a donation if you want to make). It should work in XP and Vista with no hassle.
It's called FAT 32 Formatter
Link to the tool


Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:33:30 +0000

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Title: Format Large Disks to FAT32 on Windows XP and Vista
Weblog: GearHack
Excerpt: When you try to format a drive that is larger than 32 GiB, Windows XP and Vista will force you to use the NTFS format, even though it can read and write FAT32 drives of any size. The FAT32 option will not show up under "File system" in the "Format Local Drive" dialog as shown in the screen shot belo . . .
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