File systems are a way to manage data stored on computers’ storage media. The most commonly used and extensively accepted file system can be described as FAT32 (File Allocation Table 32). Most devices and operating system can support FAT32.
The disadvantage of FAT32 in comparison against NTFS and ExFAT, is the limitation on the size of files it can hold. Each file can’t be bigger than 4GB. However, NTFS as well as ExFat both support files that are up sixteen EB of size. EB refers to Exabyte. Each EB is equal to 1 million Terabytes.
The storage capacity offered by FAT32 is smaller with 16 TB. However the NTFS format can be utilized to store media that has capacities of eight PB. ExFAT supports as high as 128 PB. The word PB is a reference to petabyte. One petabyte equals to 1000 Terabytes.
If you want to utilize FAT32 as an option for the HDD or flash drive that’s storage capacity is greater than 32GB it is recommended to utilize third-party software like FAT32 Format developed by RidgeCrop.
What is FAT32 Format
FAT32 Format is a lightweight program that allows you to format storage media on computers quickly.
FAT32 Format is portable application that can executed without installation. Once it is installed, the FAT32 Format window opens, choose the drive you wish to format, assign the drive its name by filling in the “Volume label” field, choose”Quick Format,” then select the “Quick Format” option, and then click on the “Start” button.
In an test, FAT32 Format was able to format 64GB drives in just two minutes.
Before you can use FAT32 Format, you must shut down File Explorer that is currently open. If it is left open FAT32 Format assumes that your drive has been currently in use.
To stop accidentally deletion of the files FAT32 Format displays a dialog box that contains the warning that reads “All data will be lost” following”Start. This means that all the files on the drive that need to being formatted are removed once the formatting process is complete. If you want to save important files on your drive, it is recommended to transfer the files to a different drive or cloud storage.
In reality formatting a drive using it’s FAT32 file system is performed without the need for third-party software. But, Windows’ built-in features cannot format drives with more than 32GB of storage So you’ll need to make use of PowerShell as well as Command Prompt.
The issue is how long it takes to finish formatting the drive. The format of a 64 GB drive may be formatted in a matter of more than an hour to format by using PowerShell or Command Prompt.
Additionally, it is more efficient in terms of speed in comparison to other formats, FAT32 is also much faster. FAT32 format also is practical and comes with a the benefit of a smaller size file. The license permits users to utilize the FAT32 format anytime, for no cost.