By AOMEI / Last Updated February 18, 2020

Scenario

“I want to format my SD card with disk management, but it seems that the ‘format option’ has no ‘FAT 32’. The file system only shows me “NTFS”. How can I format it to FAT32? What should I do? Is there any solution?”

FAT32 Option not Available

Why FAT32 option not available?

Sometimes you may need to format drive to FAT32, for example, many devices only recognize FAT32 and do not recognize exFAT/NTFS (such as PSP, XBOX360, some TVs and some XP machines without exFAT patch). Thus, many users would like to format drive to FAT32. Generally speaking, you can format it to FAT32 file system easily and successfully in Windows File Explorer.

However, sometimes you might find there is no FAT32 file system in the format option. Why this problem appeared? It is usually due to that your partition is larger than 32GB. Because the default Windows format option only allows the FAT32 partition on drives that are 32GB or less. In other words, Windows built in formatting methods like Disk Management, File Explorer or DiskPart won’t allow you to format 64GB SD card to FAT32. And this is why FAT32 option is not available in Windows 10/8/7.

How to format a large drive to FAT32 successfully in Windows 10/8/7?

But fortunately, if you want to format a drive, larger than 32GB, into FAT32 but no FAT32 option offered in Windows 7/8/10, you can use a free partition manager to complete this operation can be a good choice. Compare with other software, here I highly recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This free yet powerful disk partition management tool provides you with many useful functions like format partition, copy partition, move partition, delete partition, etc.

As for the formatting function, it breaks out the limitation of Windows native tool, and is able to format large USB flash drive, SD card, as well as other storage drive such as 64GB, 128GB, 256GB to FAT32 easily and effectively in Windows 10/8/7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Besides, it can also format drive to Ext4/Ext3/Ext2 Linux file systems under Windows environment.

The following example will show you how to format a 500GB drive to FAT32 and get rid of "FAT32 option not available" issue in Windows 7/8/10. Let’s see the specific steps:

First of all, please connect your USB drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected. Download the freeware:

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you will see the main interface. Right click the partition and select “Format Partition”.

Format Partition

Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose “FAT32” from drop-down menu. And you also can specify “Cluster Size”if you need to. Then, click “OK” to continue.

Choose FAT32

Step 3.After that, it will go back to the main interface. Preview the virtual result and click “Apply” > “Proceed” after your confirmation.

Apply

If your flash drive shows up as unallocated space, you can right click it and select “Create Partition” to create FAT32 partition directly.

If your large drive is of NTFS file system, you can directly convert it to FAT32 without losing data by reformatting via "NTFS to FAT32 converter".

Conclusion

These operations are simple and fast, follow these simple steps, you can successfully solve the problem that “FAT32 option not available” and format a large hard drive to FAT32 easily and effectively. You can use the function of Format Partition to format USB drive from FAT32 to exFAT as well.

AOMEI Partition Assistant is such a powerful partition format tool. If you want to enjoy some more advanced functions, such as migrate OS to SSD, allocate free space, convert boot disk between MBR and GPT without removing any partitions, wipe system disk and so on,you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.