By Emily / Last Updated October 13, 2019

“Need help formatting HP USB flash drive!”

Hey, guys, I need some help here! I have converted my HP 32GB USB flash drive from FAT32 to NTFS, but after it can’t be read by my DVD player (LG dvd player with USB slot). When it was in fat32, everything was fine. Please help me format my HP USB drive to FAT32 which was the original format when I bought it. Or is there any great HP FAT32 formatter I can use?

Use HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

When formattinng HP USB drives to FAT32 in Windows computer, the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is a great choice since it can format USB drives to FAT32 even when the drive is larger than 32GB. It is a great alternative to Windows built-in formatting tools like Diskpart, File Explorer and Disk Management because they cannot format a large hard drive to FTA32.

Whenever you plan to format your USB drive to FAT32, please follow the steps:

Firstly, connect the USB drive to your computer and make sure it is detected. Download the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool from a reliable website to your computer.

Secondly, right-click the HP format tool icon, choose “Run as administrator”, and click “Yes” in the pop-out dialogue.

Thirdly, specify the device you wish to format, select the FAT32 file system and assign the name to the selected device, then optionally choose quick format or enable compression.

Fourthly, when all options have done, click “Start” to begin formatting.

HP USB Formatter

Note: formatting will delete all data on the USB drive, so make sure you back up everything important using AOMEI Backupper in advance to avoid unnecessary loss.

HP USB Disk Storage Disk Format Tool failed

In some cases, the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool fails to format disk to FAT32.

  • It could work perfectly in Windows 7, but it cannot perform well as usual after you upgrade OS to Windows 10 on your desktop and laptop.

  • It cannot finish the formatting process when the USB drive is read only/write-protected, then will pop out format error “Device media is write-protected”.

  • If you don’t select “Run as Administrator” when launching it, you will get an error message “Permission Denied”.

So you might need an alternative to HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool for Windows 10/8/7.

Best HP FAT32 formatter -AOMEI Partition Assistant

After a long time of research, we find a free yet better HP FAT32 formatter - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It not only supports formatting HP USB to FAT32 with ease, but also formatting external hard drives from other famous brands like Seagate, SanDisk, Samsung, etc in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. And it is able to format write-protected, corrupted and format RAW USB drives with ease. More compatible and powerful than HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.

Furthermore, it can also perform other disk management tasks, like extending/shrinking/copying/deleting partition on USB drive. Next, follow the steps to format the USB drive to FAT32 in Windows10.

Before you do: download freeware and back up everything important when necessary.

Step1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click the target USB drive and choose “Format Partition”.

Format exFAT Partition

Step2. Select FAT32 under file system tab and click “OK”.

Format exFAT To FAT32

Step3. Back to the main interface, click “Apply” in the top left corner to execute the formatting.


If you happen to format the NTFS USB to FAT32, the “NTFS to FAT32 Converter” offered by AOMEI Partition Assistant could be quite useful since it can safely convert NTFS to FAT32 and convert FAT/FAT32 to NTFS without losing data.

Convert NTFS To FAT32

Final words

Taking everything into consideration, we can say that AOMEI Partition Assistant is the best HP FAT32 formatter. It is a software you might want to keep around when the Windows built-in formatting utility or HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool fail to work. In addition to, it offers you more file systems to choose from, like Ext2/3/4.

If you upgrade it to Professional Edition, you can get more advanced features. For example, you can erase SSD and HDD completely without recovery possibility, clone Windows partition, recover lost partition and more.