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FAT32 Format

Program for creating and formatting hard drive partitions

6.2

262 Votes

  • Category Maintenance
  • Program license Free
  • Version 1.07
  • Size 73.73 kB
  • Works under: Windows 8
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd.

FAT32 Format is a simple, fast program for formatting hard drives and other storage media to the FAT32 format.

FAT32 Format is an aptly named tool that can format a storage device in the FAT32 file system. This version is designed specifically for the Windows 2000, XP, and Vista operating systems and will not work with newer versions, such as Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. The program is portable, which means that you can have it on your person on a USB flash drive or the like. It also doesn’t take up much space on a drive or require many resources during operation.

Be mindful that this is a Windows application rather than a program intended to run in DOS or from a command line interface. When you run the program, you’ll be presented with a minimalistic dialog window with just a few options. The drive will be set to C: by default, but you can choose another drive from the dropdown, which will be populated with all available drives. You can also dictate the allocation unit size in a similar manner. The default is fine in most cases, but if a drive needs a particular size for a particular purpose, this gives you that option.

When you’re ready to begin, click the Start button. The operation will then begin, and you’ll find that the process is relatively fast, but total time will depend greatly on the overall size of the drive being formatted. The main program window also has a text box that the program will use to post a progress report. If the operation fails for any reasons or errors are encountered, then the details of these problems will be reported here.

Pros

  • Portable application
  • Small footprint
  • Fast, accurate process

Cons

  • Only works with for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista
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