How To Format USB Drive In FAT32 File System

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the TechyGuy. A File system is a way the operating system identifies how to store data on a device and what type of data can be stored on a particular device. For example length of filenames, permissions, and other attributes.
Windows supports three different file systems which are NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT.
Today we will discuss how we can format our USB device to the FAT32 file system in very simple steps.

Some Features Of FAT32

  • Full form of FAT32 is File Allocation Table 32. It is the oldest of the three file systems available to Windows. It was introduced all the way back in Windows 95.
  • Individual files on a FAT32 drive can’t be over 4 GB in size—that’s the maximum. A FAT32 partition must also be less than 8 TB.
  • You can Use it on removable drives where you need maximum compatibility with the widest range of devices, assuming you don’t have any files 4 GB or larger in size.


1: Connect your USB drive to the device and click on Open folder to view files option.

2: Right click on your USB drive and click on Format option.

3: From the window, select FAT32 from the drop down bar under File system.

4: Click on Start and OK to commence the formatting process.

5: Once the formatting is completed click on OK.

Although the FAT32 file system is a very old file system you may need this file system for some crucial tasks like BIOS update etc. By default, most of the USB devices have a FAT32 file system only.

To know more about FAT32 file system, check here to read from Official Microsoft Website.

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