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Resize partition for FAT32

  • The partition size will be inevitably affected with the increase of data while user uses computer. The operating speed would be hampered if the partition size becomes smaller. Then user may want to resize partition, however, the build-in disk management tool of operating system doesn't possess function to resize FAT 32 partition. Fortunately, user could utilize MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition, a piece of splendid partition manager server, to resolve this problem.

    On FAT 32 partition:
    In order to overcome size limit of FAT16, while at the same time allowing DOS (disk operating system) real mode code to handle the format, and without reducing available conventional memory unnecessarily, Microsoft implemented a next generation, known as FAT32. Cluster values are represented by 32-bit numbers, of which 28 bits are used to hold the cluster number, for a maximum of approximately 268 million clusters. This allows for drive sizes of up to 8 TiB with 32 KiB clusters, but the boot sector uses a 32-bit field for the sector count, limiting volume size to 2 TB on a hard disk with 512 byte sectors. FAT32 was introduced with Windows 95 OSR2, although reformatting was needed to use it, and DriveSpace 3 (the version that came with Windows 95 OSR2 and Windows 98) never supported it. Windows 98 introduced a utility to convert existing hard disks from FAT16 to FAT32 without loss of data. In the NT line, native support for FAT32 arrived in Windows 2000. A free FAT32 driver for Windows NT 4.0 was available from Winternals, a company later acquired by Microsoft. Since the acquisition the driver is no longer officially available.
    The maximum possible size for a file on a FAT32 volume is 4 GB minus 1 byte.

    Resize FAT32 partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition:
    As the powerful partition manager server developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd., MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition supports not only FAT 32, but FAT12, FAT16, NTFS4, NTFS5 and is able to create partition, delete partition, format partition, wipe partition, merge partition, resize partition, copy partition, convert file system. User could download MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition at MiniTool Partition Wizard Download Center.



    User would meet the initialization interface first after running MiniTool Partition Wizard.



    In this interface, user could see all disk partitions searched by MiniTool Partition Wizard. To resize FAT32 partition, user should select desired partition and click "Move/Resize" in the red zone.



    In this interface, user could adjust the size of partition by dragging the left or right arrow or directly entering accurate values in the blank. Meanwhile, user is recommended to check the Enhances Data Protection Mode to secure the partition safety. After setting, click "OK".



    Click "Apply" to perform pending operation.



    Select "Yes" after verification.





    Now the operation is complete.
    If any question, please go to the official website of MiniTool Partition Wizard https://www.partitionwizard.com/.