How to Fix FAT32 Greyed Out on Mac Disk Utility

Many users are inquiring why Mac Disk Utility fat32 greyed out when formatting a usb flash or disk in MAC. Why there is no option MS-DOS(FAT32)? How to format fat32 on MAC?

When selecting the file system option, fat32 did not come as an option in Mac Disk Utility, see the following photo under Disk Utility.

Choose a file system to formatFAT32 is not available in Mac Disk Utility file system format/erase option

Is It True The FAT32 Greyed Out in Disk Utility?

Here in the map of format option, Mac Disk Utility provides Mac OS Extended series, namely hfs+, and later it shows another two: MS-DOS(FAT), and EXFAT.

What is MS-DOS(FAT)?

MS-DOS(FAT) may seems different and not familiar with users if its the first time they get to know this file system.

MS-DOS(FAT) is the name of Windows file system that started since Windows early operating systems and was employed in Windows 95, 98, XP... It includes FAT12, FAT16, FAT32.

The answer: MS-DOS(FAT) is FAT32 in Disk Utility

To format usb flash or disk fat32 using Mac Disk Utility, you may just select the MS-Dos(FAT) option in the drop down file system option.

Video Guide: how to format usb flash or disk fat32 in Mac

Note: formatting or erasing is deleting files on your media, please move the data onto somewhere else before all this operation on Mac.

How to format hard drive fat32 in MAC Disk Utility

In Disk Utility - select the drive name you want to format Click Partition Select the number of partitions you want to make Under Format select MS-DOS (FAT) Click the Apply Click Partition Wait for it to format

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