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Welcome back to another week of Lifehacker’s tech-advice column, Tech 911. And thanks to everyone who sent in their questions from last week’s prompt. If you didn’t catch it, don’t worry, you can still send your geeky questions in whenever you want. I will always have answers.
This week, we’re talkin’ storage. Specifically, what you should do if the (slightly expensive) flash drive you purchased isn’t giving you the full storage space you need. As Lifehacker reader “SK” writes:
My question is how to format a 64gb flash drive so both a pc and mac can use it. If you do exfat, that only formats 32gb. What do you do with the rest? Help please?
Unknown partitions can cut your free space considerably
I have a few ideas for why this could be happening, but I wanted to start by saying you’re doing the right thing by trying to format your flash drive as exFAT. Windows doesn’t let you format a flash drive larger than 32GB as FAT32, because Windows. That doesn’t mean you can’t, though. If you grab a third-party tool like EaseUS Partition Master, you can use that to format your flash drive as a 64BB FAT32 file system.