By Emily / Last Updated April 9, 2020

When need to format Samsung SSD drive?

Designed with long-warranty time, large capacity, great access/write/read speed, and more pleasant features, the Samsung solid-state drive has become quite popular around the world. However, sometimes, you might need professional Samsung SSD format tool to format it successfully.

  • When the Samsung SSD drive contains useless programs, corrupt files, caches or even infected with a virus, you can format it to remove them all.

  • If you plan to sell a Samsung SSD, give it to your friends, give it away or even dispose of it, formatting or securely erasing SSD firstly will help protect your privacy from leakage.

  • The present file system of Samsung SSD cannot meet your requirements; you can format it to another different file system.

Format Samsung SSD via Windows native format methods

No matter you want to format Samsung 840, 850 Evo, 860 Evo or other models in Windows 10/8/7, you can first try Windows built-in hard drive formatting methods: Disk Management, File Explorer, and Diskpart service. Next we will show you how to apply those methods.

Warning: formatting operation will delete all data on the Samsung SSD, so back up SSD drive beforehand for data security if necessary.

1. Disk Management

Disk Management is a useful tool for Windows PC users to manage their disk partitions, such as creating partition, delete partition, extend partition and shrink partition, change drive letter and path, set partition as active, etc. To format a hard drive, do as below:

Step 1. Press “Win+X” combination, and select “Disk Management” from the pop-out menu.

Step 2. Right-click on the Samsung SSD partition and choose “Format…” from the drop-down menu.

Format

Step 3. In this pop-up window, you can select a file system as you need, and tick the checkbox for “Quick Format”, then click “OK” to start formatting the Samsung solid-state drive.

Quick Format SSD

2. Windows File Explorer

This method is quite simple. Double click “My computer” or “This PC” to open “File Explorer”. Right-click on the target Samsung SSD drive and select “Format…”. And follow the prompts to complete the operation.

3. Diskpart command

Diskpart is a command-line disk partitioning utility, helping users to manage PC’s drives. Before you can use Diskpart commands, you must first list and then select the target object to give it focus. Once an object has focus, any Diskpart commands you type will act on it. See how to use this tool to format (Samsung) hard drive.

Step 1. On your keyboard, press the "Windows + R" at the same time to open "Run" Window, then type "Diskpart" and click "OK"(click Yes if prompted by the User Access Control).

Step 2. DISKPART will open in a command prompt window. Now execute the following commands in turn.

  • list disk

  • select disk 1: supposing the Samsung SSD is the disk 1.

  • list partition

  • select partition X: X refers the partition number that you need to format.

  • format fs=fat32 quick or other file systems

Diskpart Format To Fat32

Those three Windows built-in tools are great in formatting partitions, but they share a common limitation: cannot format an over 32GB drive to FAT32. If you trying to format a large Samsung SSD drive to FAT32 in Disk Management or File Explorer, you will not be offered the FAT32 option. In Diskpart, you will receive an error saying “The volume is too large for FAT32”.

Free download the best Samsung SSD format software

To successfully format a large Samsung SSD to FAT32, you can free download a more powerful Samsung SSD format tool named AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (all editions of Windows 10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista are supported). This freeware breaks the limitation of Windows native formatting tools and can format large Samsung SSD drive to FAT32 with ease. Furthermore, it also comes with other amazing features that Windows does not offer like copying/resizing/moving/merging partitions. Free download the SSD format software and give it a try.

Step 1. Insert the Samsung SSD into your Windows computer and launch this SSD format tool. Locate the Samsung SSD partition and right-click it to choose "Format Partition".

Format Partition 500GB Drive

Step 2. A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label, choose a file system (ex: FAT32) and set the cluster size. Click “OK” to continue.

Choose FAT32 500GB

Step 3. Click "Apply" and “Proceed” to format Samsung SSD.

Apply 500GB Drive

Notes:
If you are planning to format Samsung SSD from NTFS to FAT32, or FAT32 to NTFS, you can try the “NTFS to FAT32 Converter”, which allows you to change file systems between NTFS and FAT32 without formatting/losing data.
If the Samsung SSD you will format is a boot drive, you can first create a bootable media via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, and boot computer from it and format the drive in WinPE mode.

Summary

This page has introduced different 4 Samsung SSD format tools. Choose one according to your actual requirements and situation. To format write protected hard drive or corrupted hard drive in Windows PC, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can also help you.

To perform other advanced operation on SSD drive, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which can recover deleted SSD partition, align SSD partition to optimize SSD performance, securely erase SSD drive without damaging its lifespan, transfer OS to SSD from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT, etc.