“I formatted my SD card to NTFS earlier but now I can’t format it back to FAT32, no matter what program I use, it just wouldn’t format to FAT32. Windows diskpart told me that the volume is too large for FAT32. Is there any third-party free FAT32 formatter or format tool can help me to do this operation? Thanks in advance!”
Why format storage drive to FAT32?
As is known to all, FAT32 is one type of disk partition format in Windows system which increase the ability of disk management and breaks through the limits to the 2GB capacity of every partition of FAT16. Due to the current production cost of hard disk, its capacity is getting larger and larger. After using the FAT32 partition format, we can define a large hard disk as a partition without having to be divided into several partitions, which greatly facilitates the management of the disk. But it has some limitations that the maximum individual file size is 4GB, and a FAT32 partition must also be less than 8TB. It’s usually used on removable drives. Integral memory card of 4GB or more are only supported by FAT32 devices. So, your storage drives must be formatted to FAT32 in some cases.
How to format storage drive to FAT32?
Don’t know how to format storage drive to FAT32? Here provides you two methods to do this operation.
Method 1. Format storage drive to FAT32 via CMD
If the capacity of the storage drive is less than 32GB, you can format it to FAT32 via Diskpart. Diskpart is a built in tool which can help you to format your storage drive to FAT32 or other file system you need with Command Prompt. The specific steps are as follow:
1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run box, and type “diskpart” in the run dialogue, then hit “Enter” to continue.
2. In the pop-up window, input the following commands and hit “Enter” after each command.
select disk n(here “n” is the disk number of USB drive.)
select partition m (here “m” is the number of partition going to be formatted.)
format fs=fat32(here if you need to format your storage drive to other file system such as exFAT, replace the command with “format fs=exfat”. )
Method 2. Format storage drive to FAT32 with GUI
If the storage drive you need to format is larger than 32GB, you cannot use diskpart to format it to FAT32. It will show you the virtual disk service error: The volume size is too big. How to solve this problem?
Fortunately, you can use a third party FAT32 format GUI to do this operation. Compare with other third party FAT32 format software, here I highly recommend you the best FAT32 formtat software that holds the very intuitive GUI - the AOMEI Partition Assistant provides you many powerful functions like format partition. You can format your storage drive to FAT32 easily and effectively in Windows 10/8/7 with the help of this function. The specific steps are as follow:
Step 1.Download, install and run this free FAT32 formtter. Find the storage drive you want to format and right click the partition to select “Format Partition”.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose the FAT32 (or other file system you need) file system. Here you can also specify “Cluster Size” under the file system if you need to. And click “OK” to continue.
Step 3. After that, it will go back to the main interface. Preview the changes and click “Apply” > “Proceed” to complete the operation.
Follow these simple steps, you can easily and effectively format your storage drive to FAT32 with the best FAT32 format GUI – AOMEI Partition Assistant. Aside by the function Format Partition, you still can choose to convert NTFS to FAT32. If you meet the problem like current read only state yes, the function Format Partition can also help. Besides Format Partition and NTFS to FAT32 converter, it also has many other useful functions like resize/move/delete partition, disk copy, partition copy, migrate OS to SSD and so on. If you meet c drive full Windows 10/8/7, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to solve this problem.