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How to format 64GB SD card from exFAT to FAT32

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July 7, 2013 12:39:09 PM

I have a Sandisk Ultra 64GB SD card and cannot get it to a FAT 32 format. Tried few links, no success. I'm using WIN 7 also.

Is there any way possible to achieve this?

More about : format 64gb card exfat fat32

a c 84 G Storage
July 7, 2013 1:54:50 PM

SD cards need to be formatted in the device that use it.
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July 7, 2013 2:00:44 PM

The device in question does not have the ability to format, only reads and writes on FAT32 format though.
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a c 84 G Storage
July 8, 2013 7:38:42 AM

Please tell me about that device.
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a c 164 G Storage
July 8, 2013 8:18:07 AM

Try installing it into a comp usb port and using disk manager to format it to fat32?
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July 8, 2013 9:32:19 AM

anonymous1 said:
Please tell me about that device.


Dont have the model number handy, but it's a stand alone motion sensing video recorder. Has basicllly an on button and a SD card slot.

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a c 427 G Storage
July 8, 2013 10:20:16 AM

Windows won't allow you to create a fat32 partition bigger than 32gig. Use a 3rd party utility to format it like "fat32formatter".

http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/
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September 11, 2013 10:01:56 AM

I had the same problem but HP USB disk storage format tool formatted my 64G USB drive into a 64g fat32 drive that worked in my TV.
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November 30, 2013 12:18:25 PM

this method describes how to format flash card or other drive by using diskpart console app

cmd (Win+R and type cmd)
diskpartlist disk
select disk 1 (1 must be a number of your flash card)
clean (this command erase all data on selected disk!!!!)
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=fat32
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December 6, 2013 12:24:43 PM

i6pwr said:
I have a Sandisk Ultra 64GB SD card and cannot get it to a FAT 32 format. Tried few links, no success. I'm using WIN 7 also.

Is there any way possible to achieve this?


Hi Folks,

I have crossed this bridge a few times with new DSLR's and SDXC chips. The problem turns out to be the card reader you use. I have tested many SD card readers and found that many don't support SDXC or 64 gig volumes. I have a Verbatim Universal reader that mounts the volume, reads the data and can be formatted directly in Win7 64bit as a 64gig volume no sweat! The other readers I have won't recognize the volume and insist on formatting as FAT32 at 32 gigs max. Spend $20 and solve all those nasty 64 gig issues fast!

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a c 164 G Storage
December 7, 2013 10:09:43 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
Windows won't allow you to create a fat32 partition bigger than 32gig. Use a 3rd party utility to format it like "fat32formatter".

http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/



I format whole HDDs in FAT32 at times.
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December 31, 2013 2:47:07 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
Windows won't allow you to create a fat32 partition bigger than 32gig. Use a 3rd party utility to format it like "fat32formatter".

http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/


Using this to format a 64GB SD card I get message: "Failed to determine the drive!!"

Ivan Shchedlovskiy said:
this method describes how to format flash card or other drive by using diskpart console app

cmd (Win+R and type cmd)
diskpartlist disk
select disk 1 (1 must be a number of your flash card)
clean (this command erase all data on selected disk!!!!)
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=fat32


On the same 64GB SD card I get:
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Virtual Disk Service error:
The volume size is too big.


Before starting this process, I formatted the card from the windows command line using "format e: /q" with no issues, but of course this uses EXFAT.
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a c 164 G Storage
December 31, 2013 5:37:00 AM

Yup, I think that's about the best you can do. If you can get one of those old Pentium D's.
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April 10, 2014 8:34:04 AM

i6pwr said:
I have a Sandisk Ultra 64GB SD card and cannot get it to a FAT 32 format. Tried few links, no success. I'm using WIN 7 also.

Is there any way possible to achieve this?


try miniaide fat32 formatter at cnet download it's free and it work i had the same sd card which supported exfat use the software and presto my sd card now support fat32 files hope this help !!!
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June 7, 2014 2:40:16 PM

It is not very hard, all you have to do is go to run > type cmd.exe> hit enter, then in cmd, type in format /FS:FAT32 H:

Replace H with the name of the drive, aka removable disk H.
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July 24, 2014 1:01:42 PM

AZ Weekly said:
It is not very hard, all you have to do is go to run > type cmd.exe> hit enter, then in cmd, type in format /FS:FAT32 H:

Replace H with the name of the drive, aka removable disk H.


That does not work for cards over 32gb. You get the message volume 'too big for FAT32'.

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July 26, 2014 5:53:07 AM

Ivan Shchedlovskiy said:
this method describes how to format flash card or other drive by using diskpart console app

cmd (Win+R and type cmd)
diskpartlist disk
select disk 1 (1 must be a number of your flash card)
clean (this command erase all data on selected disk!!!!)
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=fat32


This worked for me - cheers. With a removable SD this takes a while - eons - either put a brew on while you wait or use:
format fs=fat32 quick
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October 20, 2014 8:33:28 PM

i6pwr said:
I have a Sandisk Ultra 64GB SD card and cannot get it to a FAT 32 format. Tried few links, no success. I'm using WIN 7 also.

Is there any way possible to achieve this?


Some are using partition software which is kind of the long way around. I use rufus_v1.3.4 which you can download here: http://rufus.akeo.ie/
It checks the "create bootable disk" option by default, so you probably want to change that
Windows 7 reads 64gb MicroSD cards fine

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December 25, 2014 3:00:03 PM

MarcT77 said:
Just found this tool http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?guiformat.ht... which formatted the card without issue :) 

I just registered to say: thanks bro!! that worked perfectly, not even ten seconds, and my obscure brand 64gb exFat micro sd card was formatted to fat32. thank you!!


UPDATE:
Sorry, a follow-up: the conversion tool worked fine as I said before, but it turned out that my Micro SD Card was a fake / defective.

I found a program called H2TestW (google it) to check the card, which takes a long time to finish (2.5 hours!), but confirmed that my 64GB card was actually only 4GB (and defective at that!).

So to others who have perhaps also bought a cheap Micro SD Card off eBay, it is worth first checking whether your card is a fake, before you start copying all your data and eventually lose all of it!
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January 28, 2015 6:34:27 PM

please what this video it really works , and it solve all the problems with 1 easy program to download....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuTlm17lvmw

the only thing that I did after all this intructions, it was reset my tablet. and I have all my data from 32 gb to a 64 gb.
please it really works!!!!


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February 3, 2015 5:46:10 PM

I was curious about this for when I get my 2tb external to use for my RGHd xbox. Thanks a ton hawkeye22
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February 11, 2015 12:51:38 PM

Dear Ivan,after trying your procedures I recieve a message saying for a 64 Gb SD card; not posible to format the volumen. It is to big.
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a c 427 G Storage
February 12, 2015 5:52:47 AM

You need to use a 3rd party utility as I explained above. MarcT77 also listed a utility that works.
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