4 Free Tools to Format 64GB/128GB/256GB SD Card FAT32 in Windows Mac and Android Phone

Background

New TF/SD card not recognized by mobile phone? Since some mobile phone only reads fat32 media instead of exfat memory card which mostly applied exfat when its capacity is larger than 32GB, users may want to know how to change the 64/128/256GB memory card to fat32.

There are many chances that may require a memory card sd fat32 conversion. As many memory cards are set to be exfat file system by the manufacturers when the memory cards are over 32GB, is it safe to change a 64GB sd card to fat32 without losing data? How about changing the 128GB memory card fat32? 256GB sd/microSD fat32 formatting? Or something else may get you do a fat32 memory card converting?

This article includes the following parts

  1. 4 Free SD Card Formatter to Convert SD/MicroSD to FAT32 in Windows
  2. Guide - How to Change Memory Card to FAT32
    1. How to change sd card exfat/ntfs to fat32 in Windows
    2. How to change raw file system sd card to fat32
    3. Format sd card fat32 using cmd diskpart
    4. Failed to format sd card - Causes
  3. Freeware to Convert/Format Memory Card FAT32 on MAC
  4. How to format sd card to fat32 on Android Mobile
    1. New 32GB exfat sd/TF card not recognized in Phone

Top 4 SD Card Formatter to Format SD Card FAT32 in Windows

Important Notice: Formatting/Erasing sd card to fat32 would erase the data inside of the memory card, you need to move your data to somewhere else before all the following changes.

Tool 1 - Windows Disk Management (Windows 10/8/7)

Here in this part, we would show you how to format memory card fat32 by Disk Management.

Preparations: Connect your memory card to your computer (Better with a card reader), Open Disk Management by the following steps:

Right click 'This PC' -> 'Manage' -> 'Disk Management', and it would show up like this.

Open Disk ManagementOpen Disk Management

Step 1 - Right click your media under Disk Management -> Format

Format sd tf card under Disk ManagementFormat sd tf card under Disk Management

Step 2 - Set the file system to FAT32 as you wish for your memory card in the following photo.

Format sd card fat32 under Disk ManagementFormat sd card fat32 under Disk Management

If the sd card cannot be formatted to fat32, you may firstly delete the volume of your sd card in the Disk Management, and then create new volume and set it to be fat32.

Tool 2 - Format sd card fat32 by right click format in Windows

This is the simpliest work that could be as easy as you start you computer. And here it comes the steps.

Connect sd to computer ->Double clicking 'This PC' ->Right click sd card, 'Format' -> Set it to fat32 in file system -> 'Start'

Format sd tf card fat32Right click memory card - Format

Quick format sd cardQuick format sd card (Quick Format is optional in this step)

Tool 3 - Diskpart CMD to Format sd card fat32(Even damaged SD Card in RAW File System)

Here in this step comes with Windows built-in utlitiy Diskpart that could convert sd/tf card from whatever the file system was before, including the damaged raw file system to be a fat32.

How could you tell whether the memory card is damaged?

  1. It is showing used space '0 bytes' in property with file system RAWsd card raw file system
  2. It would report error 'The disk in drive * is not formatted, do you want to format it now'sd card not formatted

Or it also works when your memory card is in total good condition and you just bought it for device which could not read its filesystem. No matter whether the sd/tf card is in healthy state, you may get it formatted to fat32 using Windows command prompt with the following steps.

Preparations: Insert your sd/tf/cf card to Windows 10/8/7 with a card reader or your device and then launch cmd by using Windows icon + R on your keyboard, type 'diskpart' and enter to launch cmd diskpart.

Steps to format sd card fat32 using cmd from file system exfat/ntfs/fat/raw

This guide applies to memory card of any files system, FAT, EXFAT, NTFS, OR RAW FILE SYSTEM.

  1. 1, Type 'list volume' and enter
  2. 2, Type 'select volume *' and enter (replace * with your own sd card drive letter that shows in your computer)
  3. 3, Type 'format fs=fat32 quick' and enter
  4. 4, Type 'exit' and enter

Quick format sd card cmdQuick format sd card using cmd diskpart

Tool 4 - Change SD Card FAT32 by HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

FAT32 is provided as a file system in HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, which is easy to use that the interface resembles the Windows right click media quick format option.

Format sd tf card under Disk ManagementFormat sd tf card by HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

More tools to format memory card? Here is an option: 8 Free tools to format memory card

Unable to Format SD Card FAT32 Causes and Fixing

There are many factors that may lead to a format failure.

  1. SD card is write protected. (Can be fixed), See how to remove write protected sd card
  2. SD card is set read-only. (Can be fixed), See how to remove read only attribution Remove sd card read only
  3. SD card has bad sectors
  4. SD card has raw file system

There is one dilemma that you need to know, when your memory card cannot be formatted, it may come to its end of life.

We would recommend you watch the following video when memory card cannot be formatted in Windows.

Freeware to Convert SD Card FAT32 on Mac

If you are converting the sd card on a Macbook or Mac machine, you may use freeware provided by Mac called Disk Utility to get the sd/tf converted to fat32.

Open Disk UtilityDisk Utility to format memory card fat32

Steps to Format SD Card FAT32 on MAC

  • Open Disk Utility, which can be found in Applications -> Utility
  • View -> Show all devices
  • Select the one you want to erase/format, and then click the Erase button. (The same function that is to perform the function of 'Format')
  • Select file system -> MS-DOS(FAT), which represents FAT32 in MAC
  • Erase

Also read: 3 free tools to format fat32 on MAC

How to format sd card to fat32 on Android

Is it possible to format sd card fat32 on Android mobile phone? It's simple and easy that could be operated inside of your cellphone to get the memory card formatted when the memory card was FAT32 before the format that only to do a reformatting.

If you are wondering is it possible to change sd card file system on Android? You should know the answer is the following.

NO! If the file system of your memory card was not fat32 and you wanted to change it to fat32 on mobile, the answer would be NO!

Solution: Fomat memory card fat32 in Windows 10/8/7 or MAC if you want to change its file system.

New 32GB exfat sd/TF card not recognized in Phone

You may want to know how to fix 32/64/128/256GB SD/TF card not recognized by Android phone like SAMSUNG, HUAWEI, HTC etc., the truth is the memory card which is over 32gb was set to exfat file system that could not be detected/read by many mobile phones.

This could easily be fixed if you change its file system from exfat to fat32, then your mobile would read it without problem.

Other FAQs

Question: Can I format 64gb sd card to fat32 free?

Answer: Yes, you may use free sd card fat32 formatter mentioned above to get your memory card formatted to fat32 for free.

The above sd card formatters may format 128gb sd card fat32, format 256gb sd card to fat32, ie it is regardless of the memory card capacity.

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