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How to Format USB Flash Drive to Fat32

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Summary:
Sometimes, you may need to format a large external USB to the FAT32 file system. This page introduces how to format USB flash drive to FAT32 using Windows disk management tool or third-party partition software with simple steps.

In some cases, people need to format USB flash drive to FAT32, one of the most compatible file systems for USB drives. But it is not always an easy job to do. You may only see an option to format the drive to NTFS or encounter some other problems. When encountering such a frustrating situation, don’t worry! Here we will show you how to format a USB flash drive to FAT32 using Windows disk management tool or third-party partition manager with simple steps.

Warning
Formatting the USB flash drive will delete all the content on the device. Please make sure that you have backed up everything on the drive you want to save before the operations.

Format USB flash drive to FAT32 via Disk Management

Disk management is a free Windows built-in utility which is designed to help users deal with common disk partition related jobs. It is your first choice whenever you want to format USB to FAT32.

Step 1: Right-click "This PC" and choose "Manage".

Step 2: Choose "Disk Management" under Storage.

Step 3: Select the thumb drive in the Volume list.

Step 4: Right-click it and click "Format".

Step 5: Click on the File system: list box and select "FAT32".

Step 6: Click "OK".

Format USB flash drive to FAT32 with EaseUS partition software

If the Windows disk management tool does not work, you can try a third-party partition software to do the USB drive formatting job. Here we recommend you try EaseUS partition tool, a professional tool that can help you format your hard drive and USB devices, resize, create, delete, merge, split, copy partitions, convert MBR to GPT drive and vice versa, and many other things. Now you can download the program and follow the steps below to format USB flash drive to FAT32 with it. By the way, this tool is also available to format USB flash drive to NTFS.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

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 Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

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

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" 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 your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

Smaller cluster size makes less waste of disk space. The smaller cluster size is, the bigger file allocation table (FAT) will be. The bigger the FAT is, the slower the operating system works with the disk.