Windows® 7 Format Fat32
What is Fat32 and how to format external hard drive to Fat32 in Windows 7?
The Windows 7 is the advanced and latest OS release from the Microsoft Windows. The series of the Operating Systems produced by the Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and Media Center computers. The Windows 7 provides highly advanced features and benefits as compared to the previous OS editions, much user-friendly interface and perfect interaction. Basically two types of file systems are there, that are NTFS and FAT32 file system. File system is a method of storing and organizing computer files and their data. It helps in organizing the files into a database for the storage, organization, manipulation, and retrieval by the OS. You may need to format the hard disk if you face any issues with the file system or if you want to switch between the file systems. You will need to format your hard disk if you face any critical malware threats or if you want to delete all the data in your disk.
The Fat32 and the ways to format external hard drive to Fat32 in Windows 7 are:
- FAT32 file system
- Formatting from the Windows Explorer
- Formatting from the Computer Management
FAT32 file system
The File Allocation Table is a computer file system architecture that is widely used on many computers, memory cards, and other flash devices. The FAT file systems are also commonly found on flash memory cards, digital cameras, and many other portable devices because of their relative simplicity. The File Allocation Table file system is supported by all versions of Microsoft Windows and it was an evolution of that used in Microsoft's earlier Operating System.
Formatting from the Windows Explorer
Formatting the external hard disk drive to Fat32 is a very simple task and you can do it on your own. Connect the hard disk to your computer via the USB port. Open the Windows Explorer, search for the connected hard disk. Right click on the device and you can click on the format option provided. In the format tab that opens up, you can select the file system to Fat 32.
You need to right click on your 'My Computer' icon on your desktop and choose the Manage, or go to 'Start', 'Settings', 'Control Panel', 'Administrative Tools', 'Computer Management'. Then, right-click on your new drive in the Computer Management Console and choose format. Click 'Yes' if you are sure you are ready to format, after that you need to choose a File System, select Fat32 and give the new volume a name if you choose. There you can specify the name of you prefer, if not, just take the defaults and click 'OK'.
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