Format USB Flash Drive

By April 5, 2017General

For many reasons, you have to format a USB flash drive or external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10, for example, to make your drive faster when writing mostly large files to it, to guarantee compatibility with non-Windows operating systems. But, Windows 10 Disk Management tool only support to format a USB drive or hard drive which is smaller than 32GB to FAT32. So, what if you want to format an external hard drive or USB flash drive which is larger than 32GB into FAT32? Don’t worry! This page shows you how to do it by using CMD command line and professional Windows 10 FAT 32 format tool.

Note: Formatting a USB drive or external hard drive will erase any existing files on the device. Please make sure you have created a backup file before you starting the job.

Format USB flash drive​ or external hard drive into FAT32 using CMD command line

A simple and free way to format your flash drive or external hard drive to FAT32 in brand new Windows 10 is using CMD command line, a built-in FAT32 format tool which enables you to format/create/delete/extend/shrink partition without rebooting system. If you want to use this tool to format flash drive or external hard drive to FAT32, please try the following steps:

1. Open a command window by directly typing CDM in Windows 10 “Search the web and Windows” box. Windows 10 will show you the best match Command Prompt.

2. Type the command “format /FS:FAT32 H:” at the prompt. H is the drive letter of your USB or external hard drive in Windows 10. If it’s not for your case, replace the drive letter H with your own letter.

3. Hit Enter. Windows 10 will go ahead and begin formatting the USB flash drive​ or external hard drive into FAT32.

Format USB flash drive or external hard drive with EaseUS Windows 10 FAT32 format tool

The above method is free and efficient but it might be a little bit complicated for users who know little about computer. So, if you want to find an easier way to format USB flash drive or external hard drive to FAT32, you can try a professional third-party Windows 10 FAT32 format tool. We recommend you EaseUS partition tool for its easy-to-use feature.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Windows 10 FAT32 format tool. Select and right-click the disk you want to format and choose “Format partition” by right clicking the mouse.

Choose Format partition option to format USB flash drive​ or external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10

Step 2. Configurate the label you want in the Partition Label box.

Label formatted partition while formatting USB flash drive​ or external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10

Step 3. Select the FAT32 file system type to be created from the “File System” drop-down list.

Select file system while formatting USB flash drive​ or external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10

Step 4. Choose the Cluster Size (512 bytes, 1, 2, 4…64KB) from drop-down list and click “OK” to apply the format operation.

Choose Cluster Size to format USB flash drive​ or external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10

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

Step 5. Click “Apply” to confirm to format USB flash drive or external hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 10.

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