By Emily / Last Updated June 21, 2019

Why format SDXC card to FAT32?

Basically, an SDXC card is formatted to exFAT by default, but some devices cannot recognize exFAT. For example, the PlayStation 4 supports exFAT while the PlayStation 3 does not. The Xbox One supports it while the Xbox 360 does not. So sometimes we need to format it to FAT32 that is more compatible than exFAT.

How do you format SDXC to FAT32 in Windows?

When it comes to formatting external hard disks to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7, you can try the Windows inbuilt tools first.

Keep in mind: formatting process will erase everything on the SDXC card, so you had better clone SDXC card to another disk to make a data backup.

Format SDXC card via Windows File Explorer

As long as you insert an SDXC card into your computer, you can see an added partition in File Explorer. Right click on it and select "Format". Then a small window will pop out where you are allowed to select "FAT32" as the file system, tick "Quick Format" and click "Start" to begin the formatting process.

Quick Format

Format SDXC card via Windows Disk Management

First of all, open Disk Management by right clicking on "This PC/My computer"-> "Manage"-> "Disk Management". Then you will see the basic information on your disk. Right-click the SDXC card and select "Format", then select "FAT32" at the File system drop-down and click "OK".

Format SDXC card via Diskpart

Diskpart can also format SDXC card into FAT32 by running some commands. First enter the command windows: press "Win+R" at the same time, type "cmd", run the progress as administrator. Then type the following commands one by one and remember to hit enter after each.


list volume

select volume n (n refers to the volume number of SDXC, ensure you input the right number, or you will format the wrong disk.)

format fs=fat32

Wait until it is done.

CMD Format

Failed to format SDXC to FAT32 with Windows Built-in tools

Although the three methods above are quite popular, they don't work well in the following situations.

  • When the SDXC card is write protected, becomes RAW format, virus infection, or has some bad sectors, you will receive a formatting error message saying Windows was unable to complete the format.

  • When the SDCX card is over 32GB, you will not be able to format it to FAT32 via the traditional ways listed above, even using Diskpart, and you may meet such error as The volume is too big for FAT32.

Format SDXC card to FAT32 via a professional formatter

If you are looking for a reliable SD card formatter to format SDXC to FAT32, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is highly recommended. It can successfully format over 32GB SDXC card, USB flash frive, pen drive, or other external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. Besides, it can also help format the hard drive that becomes RAW or read only because of corrupted file system. Moreover, it is able to format hard drive to Ext4/Ext3/Ext2 under Windows environment.

Below is how to format SDXC card from exFAT to FAT32:

Step 1. Connect your SDXC card to your Windows PC via a card reader and make sure it is detected.

Step 2. Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant, install and run it to enter its main interface. Right-click the partition of SDXC card and select "Format Partition".

Format Partition

Step 3. Choose "FAT32' under file system menu and click "OK".


Step 4. Back to the main interface, click "Apply" and then "Proceed" to start formatting the card.



AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a powerful tool to format SDXC to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7. Furthermore, it has some other functions including fixing MBR in Windows 10/8/7, cloning large hard drive to smaller one, etc. If you upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can unlock more advanced disk partition management functions. For example, you can convert system disk between MBR and GPT without data loss, clone Windows partition to SSD/HDD, split partitions, align SSD partitions to solve "SSD slowing down" issue and so on.