By Emily / Last Updated November 15, 2019

When need to format Samsung SSD?

Designed with long-warranty time, large capacity, great access/write/read speed and more pleasant features, the Samsung solid-state drive has become quite popular around the world. However, sometimes, you might need to format Samsung SSD.

  • When the Samsung SSD drive contains useless programs, corrupt files, caches or even infected with a virus, you can format it to remove them all.

  • If you plan to sell a Samsung SSD, give it to your friends, give it away or even dispose of it, formatting or securely erasing SSD firstly will help protect your privacy.

  • The present file system of Samsung SSD cannot meet your requirements; you can format it to another different file system.

In such cases, you will need a professional Samsung SSD format tool.

How to format Samsung SSD via Windows native Samsung SSD format utility?

No matter you want to format Samsung 840, 850 Evo, 860 Evo or other models in Windows 10/8/7, you can first try Windows built-in hard drive formatting methods: Disk Management, File Explorer, and Diskpart service. Here we will show you how to format Samsung SSD to FAT32 via those methods one by one.

Warning: formatting operation will delete all data on the Samsung SSD, so back up SSD drive beforehand for data security if necessary.

Method 1. Format Samsung SSD via Disk Management

Disk Management is a useful tool for Windows PC users to manage their disk partitions, such as creating/deleting/extending/shrinking partitions, change drive letter and path, set partition as active, etc. To format a hard drive, do as below:

Step 1. Press “Win+X” combination, and select “Disk Management” from the pop-out menu.

Step 2. Right-click on the Samsung SSD partition and choose “Format…” from the drop-down menu.

Format

Step 3. In this pop-up window, you can select a file system as you need, and tick the checkbox for “Quick Format”, then click “OK” to start formatting the Samsung solid-state drive.

Quick Format SSD

Method 2. Format Samsung SSD via Windows File Explorer

This method is quite simple. Double click “My computer” or “This PC” to open “File Explorer”. Right-click on the target Samsung SSD drive and select “Format…”. And follow the prompts to complete the operation.

Method 3. Format Samsung SSD via Diskpart

Diskpart is a command-line disk partitioning utility, helping users to manage PC’s drives. Before you can use Diskpart commands, you must first list and then select the target object to give it focus. Once an object has focus, any Diskpart commands you type will act on it. See how to use this tool to format (Samsung) hard drive.

Step 1. On your keyboard, press the "Windows + R" at the same time to open "Run" Window, then type "Diskpart" and click "OK"(click Yes if prompted by the User Access Control).

Step 2. DISKPART will open in a command prompt window. Now execute the following commands in turn.

  • list disk

  • select disk 1: supposing the Samsung SSD is the disk 1.

  • list partition

  • select partition X: X refers the partition number that you need to format.

  • format fs=fat32 quick or other file systems


    Diskpart Format To Fat32

Those three Windows built-in tools are great in formatting partitions, but they share a same limitation: cannot format an over 32GB drive to FAT32. If you trying to format a large Samsung SSD drive to FAT32 in Disk Management or File Explorer, you will not be offered the FAT32 option. In Diskpart, you will receive an error saying “The volume is too large for FAT32”.


Free yet powerful Samsung SSD format software - AOMEI Partition Assistant

To successfully format a large Samsung SSD to FAT32, you might need a more powerful Samsung SSD drive format utility. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is highly recommended for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista users.

This freeware breaks the limitation of Windows native formatting tools, and it is able to format large Samsung SSD drive to FAT32 with ease. Furthermore, it also comes with other amazing features like copying/resizing/moving/merging partitions. What’s more, it supports converting NTFS to FAT32 without data loss/formattingand vice versa.

To format an over 32GB Samsung SSD to FAT32, follow these steps:

Step 1. Download freeware. Insert the Samsung SSD into your Windows computer and launch this SSD format tool.

Step 2. Locate the Samsung SSD partition and right-click it to choose "Format Partition" in the drop-down menu.

Format Partition 500GB Drive

Step 3. A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label, choose a file system (ex: FAT32) and set the cluster size. Click “OK” to continue.

Choose FAT32 500GB

Step 4. Click "Apply" and “Proceed” to format Samsung SSD.

Apply 500GB Drive

Summary

This page has introduced different 4 Samsung SSD format tools. Choose one according to your actual requirements and situation. To format write protected hard drive or corrupted hard drive in Windows PC, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a better choice.

To perform other advanced operation on SSD drive, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which can recover deleted SSD partition, .align SSD partition to optimize SSD performance, securely erase SSD drive without damaging its lifespan, transfer OS to SSD from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT, etc.