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2023 Best FAT32 Format Tool/Formatter Free Download for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

Updated by Cici on Dec 07, 2022
Written by Jean

Applies to: format to FAT32, format NTFS/ExFAT/EXT2/EXT3 to FAT32, format USB/SD/external or internal hard drive to FAT32, format 32GB bigger device to FAT32.

How Do I Format a Large External Hard Drive to FAT32

"I have a 250GB external hard drive and I want to format it into FAT32 so to use it as a game drive, connecting to PS4. But Windows 10 Disk Management tool failed to format the external hard disk drive to FAT32 as it is larger than 32GB. Is there a third-party FAT32 format tool that can help?"

How to format large device to FAT32

While formatting a large hard drive, external hard drive or USB drive as Fat32, you may fail to complete the format using the default Windows format tool - using Windows File Explorer or Disk Management. It is because the FAT32 file system has a 32GB max size limit. In other words, Windows can only format a device within 32GB storage to FAT32.

But don't worry! Here, a third-party free FAT32 formatter, EaseUS Partition Master Free, can help you complete this job with no obstacle. 

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What Is the Best FAT32 Format Tool 

Actually, there is a way to break the max partition size limit of FAT32 on Windows PC. A third-party FAT32 formatter or software support to format large hard drives to FAT32 beyond 32GB size limit. What is the best FAT32 format tool? Here we would like to introduce you EaseUS Partition Master Free. 

It's regarded as the best FAT32 format tool for two reasons:

  1. 1. It is 100% free, powerful, safe, and easy to use. 
  2. 2. It breaks the max size limit of FAT32, formatting storage devices both bigger and smaller than 32GB to FAT32.

It can help you format hard drive partition, external hard drive, USB flash drive or SD card both smaller and bigger than 32GB into FAT32 in just simple steps, such as format 128GB USB to FAT32, format 64GB SD to FAT32

Besides, it also has some flexible and advanced format options. For example, it allows you to convert FAT32 to NTFS without formatting directly. Now, you can free download this FAT32 format tool and follow the tutorial below to format your device with ease. 

How to Format Larget Storage Device to FAT32 with EaseUS FAT32 Format Tool

Works to: Format both small and large storage devices to FAT32, format HDD/SSD, external hard drive, USB, SD card, etc., to FAT32.

EaseUS FAT32 format tool - EaseUS Partition Master Free supports to format all storage devices on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista. Feel free to let this software help you change your device file system by formatting with ease.

Note that formatting to FAT32 will remove all existing files on the device. Make sure you have created a backup of previous data to another device before you start the job.

Let's see how to easily format your large hard drive, external hard drive, USB, or SD card larger than 32GB to FAT32 now:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 1

Step 2. Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 2

Step 3. In the Warning window, click "Yes" to continue.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 3

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 4

Besides formatting device, EaseUS Partition Master also supports you to manage hard drive partition like resize or move partition, extend C drive, merge partitions, etc., for free. 

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Further Recommends: Format Device (Less than 32GB) to FAT32 Using Windows Formatting Tool

Works to: Format small storage devices less than 32GB to FAT32 for free.

As for some small storage devices who prefer a Windows formatting tool, Windows File Explorer, Windows Disk Management and Diskpart format command are two excellent choices. 

#1. Format to FAT32 Using Windows File Explorer

Step 1. Connect USB or external hard drive to Windows PC.

Step 2. Open File Explorer, locate and right-click on the target device, select "Format".

Step 3. Set the FAT32 as the target file system, tick "Quick Format" and click "Start" to start the formatting.

Finish the formatting.

#2. Format Device Smaller than 32GB to FAT32 using Disk Management

Step 1. Connect device to PC and open "Disk Management".

Step 2. Locate and right-click on your USB flash drive or external hard drive, select "Format".

Step 3. Set the file system to FAT32, tick "Quick Format" and click "OK" to confirm.

Format USB to FAT32.

#3. Format to FAT32 using Diskpart Command

Step 1. Right-click on Windows icon, select "Search" and type: command prompt.

Right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator".

Step 2. Type diskpart in Command Prompt and hit Enter.

Step 3. Hit Enter each time when you type below command lines in DiskPart to quick format hard drive:

  • list disk
  • select disk 2 (Replace 2 with your USB disk number)
  • list volume
  • select volume 10 (Replace 10 with the volume number of the USB drive that you want to format)
  • format fs=fat32 quick

Step 4. Type exit and hit Enter to close the program when DiskPart reports it has successfully formatted the USB.

Quick format USB to FAT32 with diskpart command.


On this page, we introduced the best FAT32 format tool for all Windows users to format their big and small storage devices like HDD, SSD, external hard drive, USB, SD, etc., to FAT32 for free using EaseUS Partition Master Free.

Some small device users may also turn to File Explorer, Disk Management, or Diskpart command so as to format to FAT32 for free.

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Updated by Cici

Cici has accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS. Now she has a detailed understanding of common computer issues, as well as computer backups and disk formatting management solutions.

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Written by Jean

Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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