App to Reformat 64GB microSD to FAT32

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  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy FORMER Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    I'm testing an accessory that is supposed to be able to read microSD cards larger than 32GB if they have been formatted in FAT32, so I have a 64GB/exFAT card I'd like to reformat with FAT32. Does anyone have any experience with this? Do you have an application you'd recommend? I'm nervous that I'm going to ruin a $40 card with this experiment.

    I can find options on the Web, but I'm hoping someone can point me toward one they know works.

    For example, there's Fat32Formatter:
    http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/
    But I know nothing about how reliable it is.

    I'd be doing the experiment on a Surface Pro 2 with Windows 8.1, if that makes a difference.

    Any assistance would be much appreciated.
     
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    balistic wacom jock

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    It probably won't ruin the card, but it can decrease the lifespan or DRM-compatibility of it if you change the formatting of an SD card incorrectly. I would try the formatting app put out by the official SD Association first:

    https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

    That said, I've used good-old-Windows to format SD cards to NTFS and had them last 4+ years with heavy use, so it's not like a death sentence to do it that way. The first step is to trick Windows into thinking the card is permanently-attached storage, which is something I haven't done since I was using XP, so I can't help you there.
     
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    Ed Hardy FORMER Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    I did the reformatting with Guiformat or fat32format (I'm not clear what Ridgecraft Consulting calls it) and everything went perfectly.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Mikerman Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Thanks for the report back--as I said, have only heard positive things about it.
     
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