Formatting your hard drives to one of the available FAT (file allocation table) standards on your operating system enables you to read and write data to the drive, as a non-formatted drive is useless on the computer. FAT-X represents any type of FAT system that can be produced with your operating system (including FAT16 or FAT32). Create a FAT-X drive by utilising your drive storage format tools on your operating system, allowing you to choose between the FAT file systems on your PC.
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Right click the "Start" menu on your desktop and click "Explore."
Click "Computer" and right-click the drive to be formatted.
Select "Format." Select the FAT format style you wish to create from the drop-down menu. For example, choose the FAT16 standard when you are working with a smaller drive (typically less than 4 KB) on an older operating system (such as Windows 95); or, choose FAT32 when you are working with a drive larger than 5 GB on a more recent operating system.
Check "Quick Format" and press "Enter." This begins the automated process of creating your FAT-standard drive, after which no additional intervention is required on your part.
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