How to Format 64GB SD Card/USB Flash Drive to FAT32

Daisy updated on Nov 27, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

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How Do I Format 64GB SD Card to FAT32
Solution: Format 64GB SD Card/USB to FAT32 with FAT32 Format Tool
Which File System You Should Use for SD Card/USB - FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT

Usually, like the USB drive, SD cards with 32GB or lower storage is set to FAT32 by default. While ExFAT is set as the default file system for larger SD cards with 64GB or 128GB. As some special devices only support the FAT32 file system, like the 3Ds SD card, it requires users to format their 64GB or 128GB SD card/USB to FAT32. 

How Do I Format 64GB SD Card to FAT32

"I can't format my Sandisk Ultra 64GB MicroSD to FAT32. I used Windows right-click format and Disk Management, there is no FAT32 option under File System. Then I tried CMD format command, I received the error message saying the volume is too big for FAT32. How do I format a SanDisk 64GB SD card to FAT32? Anyone has a solution?"

unable to format 64GB SD card to FAT32

Due to the limitation of FAT32, Windows system doesn't support to create a FAT32 partition more than 32GB. As a result, you cannot directly format a storage device that is more than 32GB to FAT32. So what will you do when you must format a 64 GB SD card to FAT32?

Fortunately, besides the Windows built-in utility, when you cannot format your 64GB SD card or USB flash drive to FAT32, you still have a chance. A third-party & powerful FAT32 format tool can help to resolve this issue effectively. Read on and find the remarkable formatting tool for help.

Important
As formatting will delete all your data on the storage device, make sure that you have backed-up all your SD card or USB files to another secure device in advance.

Solution: Format 64GB SD Card/USB to FAT32 with FAT32 Format Tool

Speaking of SD card format tool, some of you may try to search for this tool online, spending time and energy to test the found tools. Here, we'd like to recommend you to try EaseUS Partition Master.

Unlike the Windows built-in utilities, it breaks the limitations of FAT32 on Windows PC and storage devices. In other words, you can directly format your 64GB, 128GB and even larger  SD card to FAT32 with no limitation by using EaseUS Partition Master. 

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Besides FAT32, this software also supports to format your device to NTFS, ReFS, FAT16, Ext2, Ext3, etc. Connect your device to your computer and follow the below steps to format your 64GB/128GB SD card to FAT32 with ease.

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, enter the Partition label, choose the FAT32 file system, and set the cluster size according to your needs, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition to FAT32.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

When the formatting process finishes, you can directly unplug your SD card and use it on other devices for game storing or photography again. You can also use it on your Windows and Mac computers without any issue.

Which File System You Should Use for SD Card/USB - FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT

Besides FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT are also available while formatting an SD card using Windows utilities - Disk Management, File Explorer Right-Click Format or CMD command. But do you know which is the best format for your SD card?

Here in the following, we'll show you the difference between FAT32, NTFS and ExFAT and give you a suitable suggestion to choose the right file system for your SD card or USB drive.

Difference Between FAT32, ExFAT, and NTFS File System

FAT32, ExFAT and NTFS are all compatible file system on Windows PC. Here a comparison chart among FAT32, ExFAT and NTFS for you to refer to and learn their exact differences:

Comparison FAT32 NTFS ExFAT
Supported OS Windows 95/2000/XP/7/8.1/8/10 Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista/2000 Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Max Cluster Size 64KB 64KB 32768KB
Max Formatting Capacity 32GB 2TB 16EB
Max File Size 4GB 256TB 16EB

Here is a conclusion of advantages and disadvantages among FAT32, NTFS, and ExFAT that will help you understand better which file system is better:

Highlignts:

  • NTFS is regared as the most modern file system which is widely used on system drive by default.
  • FAT32 is not as efficient as NTFS, but it owns a greater compatibility with other operating systems. As for the compatibility, FAT32 is still the most widespreaded one. 
  • ExFAT is regarded as an alternative file system to replace FAT32, with greater compatibility than NTFS on more devices and operating systems. 

Limits:

  • NTFS: No realistic file-size or partition size limits.
  • FAT32: 4 GB maximum file size, 8 TB maximum partition size.
  • ExFAT: No realistic file-size or partition-size limits.

Which File System You Choose for SD Card or USB Drive

Which file system should you choose for your SD card or USB drive? Follow the suggestions below to set a suitable format for your devices:

FAT32

If your SD card storage is smaller than 32GB, and you don't plan to store large files (larger than 4GB for single file) on the Card, FAT32 is the best format.

Note: If you need to change the file system to FAT32 on 64GB SD card or 128GB USB drive, you can apply EaseUS Partition Master with the steps on this page for help. 

Applied to: Small SD card, USB drive with 32GB or smaller storage, gaming storage card, etc.

ExFAT

If your SD card or USB is 64GB or even bigger, or you need to store large files (single file bigger than 4GB), ExFAT is recommended.

Although, it's similar to FAT32, but it doesn't have any storage limitations. 

Applies to: Cellphone storage, camera, digital camera, camcorder, GoPro, DJI Dornes, etc. large SD cards.

NTFS

If you decide a mount your SD card or USB drive as a local storage device on your Windows PC, NTFS is recommended.

If you are using a large USB or external hard drive more than 64GB, you can also convert your USB or external hard drive to NTFS.

Applies to: Large USB drive or external hard drive, Windows hard drive partitions, etc.

Conclusion

This page offers a direct and effective solution to help you directly format a 64GB SD card to FAT32 by using EaseUS Partition Master. The provided solution can also be applied to format USB drive larger than 64GB to FAT32.

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On this page, we also discussed the difference between FAT32, ExFAT and NTFS, helping people understand and choose the most suitable formats for their devices. 

If you are having more questions about SD card format or FAT32, check the following FAQS for a quick answer.

SD Card Formatter and FAT32 FAQs

1. How do I format a microSD card or SD card to FAT32?

First, connect your SD or microSD card to PC via a card reader. Then, open Windows File Explorer to locate and right-click your SD card, and select "Format". Next, set the file system to "FAT32" and click "Start" to begin formatting it to FAT32. When the process finishes, close the formatting window. There, your SD card is FAT32 now.

2. How do I format or repair a corrupted SD card?

When the SD card corrupted or becomes inaccessible, you can't directly open it. To fix this issue, you may try below tips for help: Run CHKDSK command or SD card repair tools to repair errors on SD card. After repairing the corrupted SD card, use an SD card formatter or use Windows built-in utility to format SD card to FAT32. After this, you can use your card to save data again.

3. How do I change from ExFAT to FAT32?

Windows built-in utility - Disk Management allows you to format an ExFAT device to FAT32. You can connect the device to your computer and open Disk Management to change ExFAT to FAT32 by formatting with below steps: First, open Disk Management, locate and right-click on the SD card or USB with ExFAT, select "Format Volume". Then, set the new file system as "FAT32" and click  "OK" to confirm. When the process finishes, close Disk Management, and your device is FAT32 now.

4. What is the best format for SD card - FAT32 or ExFAT32?

For SD card smaller than 32GB, FAT32 is the best format, as it currently enjoys greater compatibility on multiple operating systems. For SD card with more than 64GB capacity, ExFAT is the best format. It supports to store a single file larger than 4GB. 

This post presents clear information for FAT32, NTFS, and ExFAT. If you still have a problem in deciding the file system for your devices, go back and find the answer.

 
 

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