How to Format SSD to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Nov 30, 2018 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

How can I format an SSD to FAT32 in Windows

"I have a Kingston 240GB SSD and I need to format it into FAT32 so that my grandmother can use it as a storage device to save and scan photos using her scanner. I have tried to do it with Windows 10 Disk management, but the FAT32 option did not show up. I only see NTFS and exFAT. Can anyone tell me how to format my SSD to FAT32 in Windows?"

What will you need to format SSD to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7

As we know, Windows limits FAT32 partitions to 32GB. It does not offer the ability to format a drive larger than 32GB to FAT32, the only available choices are NTFS or exFAT. This makes the result that users cannot format a disk partition, SSD, USB drive or SD card larger than 32 GB to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7 via Disk Management. But sometimes, they have to format SSD to FAT32 because of certain reasons. For example, their devices only support the FAT32 file system. That’s why so many users asked for help on how to format SSD to FAT32 online. Have you ever puzzled about the problem? Actually, the solution to fix the matter is quite easy. You just need to find a third-party FAT32 formatting tool that allows you to bypass the limitation and use it format SSD to FAT32 effortlessly. 

Format SSD to FAT32 with EaseUS FAT32 formatting tool 

When it comes to FAT32 formatting tool, here we would like to recommend you EaseUS Partition Master, a popular disk partition tool with flexible and advanced "Partition formatting" feature. This function allows you to format an SSD larger than 4GB with FAT32, NTFS or EXT2/EXT3 and SSD smaller than 4GB to FAT, FAT32, NTFS or EXT2/EXT3. By this way, it can perfectly bypass the 32GB FAT32 limitation of Disk Management and format SSD to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7 with ease.

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To format an SSD to FAT32, follow these steps:


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

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, 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 on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4
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