Formatting FAT32 volumes on the command line
This option should still be in the Format GUI window, but it is not. However, as the other answers suggest, FAT32 is still an option from the command line. Full instructions:
Hit the Windows/Start Button -> type cmd.exe in the search box -> press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to get an Administrator Command Line. If prompted, press Yes or enter administrative credentials in the UAC pop-up box.
At the command line prompt, enter
format <drive letter>: /FS:FAT32
For a list of all command options, enter
The Windows 32GB limit for formatting FAT32 volumes
After performing an experiment in formatting a 60GB "Video" partition to use with a PS3, I have discovered that Windows 2000 and later have an artificial limitation in formatting FAT32 partitions greater than 32GB (though they will mount any valid FAT32 partition).
- Note that although Windows will not format a drive greater than 32GB as FAT32, it will mount such a drive formatted elsewhere.
Formatting a >32GB FAT32 volumes on Windows
One good solution is the command-line program
fat32format.exe available from Ridgecrop Consultants or their gui. It is only capable of quick formats (no zeroing/checking), but it is very fast.