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Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

Question: Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.

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Answer: Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful...**

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Hello. I have put a 160gb hard drive into an external hard drive case that will be connected to my router. The problem is the external enclosure only supports FAT32 rather than ntfs. I've managed to move all my files off it but cant figure out how to format the whole drive to FAT32 i can only do it in 32gb parititions which I dont wanna do. Anyone know a way around this? Look forward to some help/instructions. Thanks

Answer:Format a 160gb Hard Drive to FAT32

Never heard about connecting a Hard Drive to a router! you can connect it to the comp and then do it

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Hi guys,,

Anyone have a quick tutorial of how to format an external harddrive which is 1TB to FAT32 format on windows Vista-
Tried the command one
format f: /fs:fat32
but no luck.. swissknife- I dont have the license version so won't work.. Actually the external harddrive is not with me so if I get a good advise here Iwill forward that to the user and get him to do it himself.
help please


Answer:Format a 1 T-BYTES External hard drive to FAT32

Sorry, I am a bit late.

This program should sort you out: Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

However, can I warn you that FAT32 is not supposed to be pushed to drives this big. Although you can look up theoretical maximums, there are too many features to change to just choose one. It will also not be very backwards compatible, and so it still may not work for what you want it for, and I would recommend formatting back to NTFS when done.


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I have a 500GB external Hard Drive that I need to use at home with my Windows 7 PC and at school where I use a Mac.

I know NTFS is for Windows only and I know FAT32 works on both Windows and Mac.

However I have been unable to format my external hard drvie to FAT32. Only to exFAT which doesnt work on Windows.

I have tried in CMD using the format fs=FAT32 quick but it told be my hard drive is too big.

Any ideas?


Answer:How to format large external Hard Drive to FAT32

Nevermind lol I used a program called guiformat.exe - worked like a charm. I decided to leave this post up in case it helps someone else.

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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i need to format HDD to fat32 for a movie player standalone....win7 is formatting to some funny format and making my hdd drive click in the player.

what do i do to format to fat32 and what cluster size , ty

Answer:Format to Fat32 for 250Gb in windows 7

Hi ollie007

Welcome to SevenForums
Are you having issues converting media (video) to a standalone player (format) or do you want to convert the data (video) to fat32 format?


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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Answer:how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+

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basically all i want to do is have a good reliable 160g hard drive so i backup photos, music, videos. i would like it to under 60 dollars. What should i buy? ?

Answer:Best 160gb external hard drive?

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I have a new Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive and wanted to know how can I format it to FAT32?

I want to hook it up to a computer whose hard drive crashed and I want to boot to Knoppix so I can attempt to retrieve any information possible to the external drive.

Thanks for looking.

Answer:How to format an external drive to FAT32

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!


Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

click here|623991677&gclid=CP38iLSsh4cCFTeEEAodQ2pAZA

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I just bought this new external HDD and i noticed that the file system is FAT32. Should i convert this to NTFS? or just keep it FAT32 becuase thats how it came.
im using this external HDD just for storage, not backup.

(my main drive (C) is NTFS)
edit: also... when not in use... there is an on/off switch. should i turn it off and unplug it from the power and my computer?

Answer:Lacie 160GB external HDD - defualt filesystem is FAT32...change to NTFS?

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7

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Hello, I wasn't for sure were to post this, but i thought this was more of a software thing then any of the others. I recently iomega desktop external hard drive. (link to the exact model i got) Iomega 34275 Prestige External Hard Drive - 1TB, USB 2.0 at .I am trying to format it to fat32 so i can use it with my xbox 360.I have tried many different fat32 formatting programs, but none of them are working .One of the main problems i have is whenever i try running the programs to format it, it says not allocated. I am not sure if this is some kind of firewall preventing me from formating it or what. Thanks for your help in advanced, any help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Trying to format hard drive to fat32

Convert a hard disk or partition to FAT32 format

follow the link above and then click the link labeled to format as fat32

edit - *brain fart*, it needs a partition first

How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or Repartition a Hard Disk

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I was wanting to format my hard drive(internal, main OS) to a FAT32 so that I can use it with other OS's, but I can't remember how. Their used to be an external program that could do it, I think it was called XLive. I burnt it to a dvd(didn't have any cd's) and it didn't boot. So now I'm at a loss as to what to do. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Format my hard drive to FAT32?

Any Windows CD or Linux CD can do that for you as part of the installation. No need for a third party program. Unless you are looking for a utility to resize the existing partition and add more partitions while keeping all your data intact.

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is 69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon 11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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Hi, I tried using Linux, & now need to re-format a linux hard drive with FAT32 to use it again as normal. If I use Fdisk it will not allow me to delete the partition. Can anyone advise please?

Answer:need to re-format a linux hard drive woth FAT32

Check out click here, for info on how to do it..OK its for a dual boot setup,but same thing!!Only way i could do it was to load up the Linux disc and install, when you get to the disc partition section, opt to delete all partitions, then quit the install and boot of a win floppy and you should be able to format .Hope this helpsKitz E Kat

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.



Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..

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Okay, so I looked around on the forum and couldn't really find an answer to my question, so here goes.I got an external hard drive this Christmas, and have not had any use of it, until recently. It just so happens that it has FAT32 as format, and restricts larger files, which is really annoying seeing as I would like to move games most of the time, and they are way bigger than the restriction, 2 Gb I think it is. So besides the fact that I am a huge retard for not looking into this earlier, any help would be appreciated.The question: Is there any way to reformat, to another system that allows bigger files, and if so, how?

Answer:My new external hard drive, with FAT32...

FAT32 will allow a maximum of 4GB.FAT16 volumes larger than 2GB are not accessible from computers running Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98, Windows 95, or MS-DOS. The size limit for FAT16 volumes in these operating systems is 2 GB.If your harddrive is larger than these, it would normally use NTFS format.Move your data you wish to keep off the hard drive to another as formatting will lose all data. Depending on your Operating System, go to 'My Computer', right-click the hard drive and click format. Select NTFS format. Allocation Unit Size will normally be 4096 for that. Untick 'Quick Format' if selected and then format and wait.

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Which is the better format for my external 2TB Hard Drive?

At the moment it is FAT32 and for some reason it won't allow me to place a Windows 7 System Image on it?

I have another drive - which is NTFS - which accepts everything.

OK - my question is, which is the better option? Should I reformat the 2TB FAT32 to NTFS?

I am backing up the usual office notes, pdfs, music, mp3, many .avi films, photos etc.

Any advice appreciated!!

Answer:NTFS or FAT32 with External Hard Drive?

Decide yourself . Read the pros and cons of each of them .

NTFS vs. FAT: Which Is Right for You?
FAT32 or NTFS: Making the Choice

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Hi there,

I have windows 7 and have just had my new WD 2TB external hard drive delivered.

It is currently formatted to NTFS and I would like to have it formatted to FAT32.

I have searched the internet and have been unable to find any software that works for windows 7 that will let me format my hard drive to FAT32 for the full 2tb.

Could someone suggest any software that would work on windows 7 and that will allow me to format my external hard drive to FAT32?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you kindly.

Answer:WD 2TB external hard drive formatting fat32 help

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I have just purchased a Seagate Ext HD. My main computer has two parts to the HD: C for the main programmes etc, and D for the installation files, etc which came instead of a CD.The C drive is NTFS and the D drive is FAT32. The Seagate Ext HD is also FAT32, Do I have to change anything on the Seagate Drive ie make it NTFS?Can I backup the C drive and then the D drive onto the Seagate without it overwriting anything?ThanksPhil

Answer:External hard Drive NTFS or FAT32?

How are you going to backup? using True Image? click here or click here

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Hi, I am in need of some help. I want to use my external hard drive to hook up to my PS3 for "media playing" purposes. I have checked out various forums and was told my hard drive would have to be changed over from NFTS or whatever it is to FAT32 as the PS3 wont recognise it. I downloaded swissknife and after I'd transferred the contents of the hard drive I reformatted it or tried to. The problem I now have is that where as it used to be drive G it is now gone. I have gone through the driver list and the computer knows it is there and says it is working fine but I can't transfer anything on to it until the registry can find it. Can anyone tell me how to reassign a drive letter to it? I am at my wits end.
Many thanks.

Answer:re-formatting of external hard drive to fat32

Hello Shaftuk,

Please open the Disk Management... right click Computer > Manage > under the Storage, Disk Management. You should see your removable disk there, as Disk 1, right click it and choose assign or change drive letter. You can format it again as FAT 32 there.

I hope it will help.


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I bought a new external HD recently, and used Acronis to back up an image to it. I noticed that the 60gb backup is split into 4gb chunks, which I assume is because it is formatted FAT32?What is the max file size for NTFS, and is it OK to format the external HD in this way. I.e I wont mess it up (obviously the reformat will wipe my backup)Please advise

Answer:External hard drive - Fat32 or NTFS?

It's generally regarded as best to file in NTFS unless you are using an operating system older than XP. click here

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Well tomorrow I am receiving my SSD. And my external hdd is fat 32 and I can't backup some of my stuff because of the file size limit.
I believe I need it to be NTFS but how do I change it from fat32 to NTFS? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:External Hard drive fat32 to NTFS?

You can format most drives to NTFS using Windows.

Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

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I'm having troubles on opening my hard drive. 1st, there was this Shortcut virus that affected my external, i thought it was just a simple virus cause it just creates shortcuts of your files instead of getting to it directly. So after a day, i decided to fix it my self. But as always without asking, my Norton anti virus deleted the infected files right away when i plugged in the drive.

Now I can't open my Hard Drive, it states that "There was a problem starting ~$WV.FAT32, The specified module could not be found."

I've tried chkdsk/r x: but it always hangs or stops at 21 percent stage 4 of 5.
If possible, i really need to fix my external without losing the files. PLEASE help.

Answer:External Hard Drive error ~$WV.FAT32

Hello Flippy lumpy I found this - have you run any malware scans at all?

"My removable device" shortcut virus.. - Microsoft Community

if not try Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyaware and ADWCleaner

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I have just bought an external LaCie 250gig d2 hard drive. I am planning on archiving my cd collection with my Win XP pc, but I will be using a Mac in the future. Does anyone know if I should format the drive with FAT32 to allow accessing the files (which will be WMA'S) on a Mac later on, or NTFS? Does it matter??!!Pleeeease help!Thankyou.

Answer:FAT32 or NTFS for my external USB hard drive?

If your going to use the drive with other operating systems then stick with fat32.

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I recently I bought a 1TB HP SimpleSave External Hard drive and its default file format is NTFS, like most new external hardrives on the market are. However I need this hard drive to work on my PS3 which only supports FAT32 file format so I need to be able to reformat the hard drive.

I am running Windows Vista Home Premium operating system which does not allow re-formatting of hard drives in FAT32. I also read you can use Command Prompt to reformat the drive but because it is 1 TB it will be too big to do this. This led me to use a program called SwissKnife.

I got this information from this link:
And the SwissKnife site is found here:

Now doing this screwed up my external hard drive. When using the program to format the hard drive I got a pop-up what looked like a caution symbol (a yellow triangle) with no error message. Then at the bottom of the screen main program screen it said my hard drive would show changes once it was unplugged then plugged back in (it did this in a matter of seconds I doubt the actual reformatting process would be this short).

So upon re-plugging in the hard drive it doesn't work anymore. Every time I click it in the "Computer Window" it freezes up. Also it does not show up in the "Disk Management" window and when selecting it in the SwissKnife program it crashes.

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Answer:Problem Formating an External Hard Drive to FAT32

I didn't see that SwissKnife supported Vista

You can try DIsk Director by Acronis

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Hi I am looking to update my PS3's hard drive. I already bought an new hard drive for my PS3, now i need to back up my data. The only problem is that the portable hard drive I have is in NTFS form and not FAT32. I have read tat I need to partition my hard drive but I have no idea how?? If anyone could give me steps on how to do this I would greatly appreciate it. I have Windows Vista and I have a Seagate FreeAgent Go Portable Drive.

Answer:Solved: Reformatting an External Hard Drive from NTFS to FAT32

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I'm trying to install a game onto an external hard drive but it tells me that the game requires an NTFS file system while the hard drive is FAT32.

Is there a way to change the hard drive to NTFS? Will it result in data loss?


Answer:Solved: Can I convert an external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS?

have a read here

But I would not trust it, if the data was important - i would make sure I backed it all up first

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I just bought a Maxtor 5000LE that has 80GB storage capacity and uses USB 1.1/.20 to connect to the PC. It comes formatted with FAT32. I will be storing large .avi files on this (around 700MB each) and wanted to know what would be the best file systems as far as disk storage and performance. I imagine with USB 1.1 or even 2.0 the performance will be poor anyhow. But in terms of making the most out of the 80GB I have to work with is NTFS or FAT32 better? I don't care about file system security and I am not sure if compression would be helpful in this case. Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide.

Answer:Best File System (NTFS or FAT32) for USB External Hard Drive

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I'm operating on windows 7.

All I need is a way to format a single partition to FAT32, except I can't seem to find a way without losing all the data on my external hard drive.
So far I've shrunk my external hard drive by 200 gigs, but windows 7 can't format it into FAT32

So I downloaded Seagate DiscWizard, except it wants to delete everything on my entire external hard drive.
So I'm not really sure what to do. Is it even possible to have partitions with separate formats?

If you're wondering why I need to format into FAT32, it's because I need to back up my PS3.


Answer:Solved: Formating a Single Partition to FAT32 on a external hard drive

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I have an HP notebook which runs on Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have two external hard drives, both Western Digital Elements. The older one, 1 TB, uses the FAT 32 file system. This is inconvenient since some files I wish to add are larger than 4 GB.

The newer WD, 2 TB, is NTFS, so sometimes I have to use this drive for the larger files that would ordinarily go onto the older drive, based on how I organize my data.

Is there any way to change the older drive from FAT32 to NTFS???? (That is, a solution that "even I" can understand????)

Thanks if you have anything to suggest.


Answer:[SOLVED] How to change external hard drive file system from FAT32 to NTFS????

You can use the command line tool "convert" to convert a FAT32 volume to NTFS. Example:

convert X: /FS:NTFS

NOTE: This operation is not without risk. Be sure you have a backup of all important files before proceeding. Of course you should have this anyway. Usually the command works without incident but it can fail, leaving the volume in an undefined state. It is a good idea to check the drive with the chkdsk command before proceeding. Do not do this on a drive whose reliability is in question.

Also be aware that the command is non-reversible. Microsoft provides no tools to convert NTFS to FAT32.

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OK so here's the scenario:

When I got my machine it was WinME - installed XP Pro but was afraid to lose files by converting to NTFS so I stayed in the FAT32 format on my internal drive.

Then I added an external drive (maxtor 160gb) to handle MP3's, JPEG's, etc + backup my internal drive and that drive too was in FAT32 format.

One day the external drive couldn't be accessed so I tried to get it re-mount with no success.


I need to recover the data on the external drive!

Was told I should try hooking up the external drive to a WIN98 machine (still FAT32) to try and move the data off the drive - then I could format that drive (and the internal) all to NTFS and life would go on. Only one problem - have a WIN98 machine with no USB ports or a WIN NT (sp6) machine with USB ports to use to do it but can't seem to get things right?


What about a parallel to USB cord (do they make one) to give my WIN98 machine a USB port to try and re-mount the external drive?

Any way that a WIN NT (sp6) machine can read FAT32 files?

Any other brilliant ideas?

Appreciate the help - have always found the replies here to be very thorough and helpful!

Answer:HELP - External drive in Fat32 won't mount on XP Pro machine still in FAT32

Welcome to TechSpot

You could always take the harddisk out of the external case and put it inside another PC.
Make a note of the jumper-settings as the HD comes out of the case, then set that HD to Slave if needed (depending where you connect it to).
All Windows versions can read FAT32.

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I have a 500gb external hard drive. All the space on it is unpartitioned space. When I try to format it to FAT32, the only option I see is NTFS.

I went to Computer Management > Disk Management > right-click on the unpartitioned space > Format.

In the format window, I only see NTFS in the dropdown list, no FAT32.

What's the problem? How can I format it to FAT32?

Answer:Can't format external HDD to FAT32.

You will have to use a 3rd party software, like Partition Magic, Acronis, or Gparted then you can choose to format FAT32 or NTFS.

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Hello Trusty Seven Forum!

It seems whenever I have a computer issue I come here and the great members always help me. Well, here I am again..

I just bought a 3TB external HDD to store all my music and movies so I can view and use them on my PS3. Long story short I have been searching for a good deal on a HDD forever and I finally found one. In that time (~6 months) I did as much research as I could and felt comfortable that I'd have no problem formatting it to FAT32 so my PS3 could recognize it.

It seemed the most popular and easiest way was to use Swiss Knife. So, I downloaded SK...and it wouldn't work (isn't compatible w/ W7 apparently) and then every other program I've tried hasn't worked either.

I'm not very computer literate, though, I'm not a complete noob either (at least I don't think I am ) Can someone please help me or point me in the right direction to get this thing formatted correctly??

Thank you in advance!!

Answer:[HELP!] Format a 3TB External HDD to FAT32

Hi Mike,

Using Windows 7, the maximum size FAT32 partition you could format to is 32GB. And if my memory serves me correctly, there is a maximum file size of 4GB.

Convert a hard disk or partition to FAT32 format

I'm not entirely sure how you might go about this, but perhaps our more experienced users can comment about creating several partitions of 32GB in size.....but the maximum file size limit will till remain.


Mike : I stumbled across this possibly solution using Ubuntu, but I've never used it.

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I currently have a 250 Gb ATA HDD and I'm wondering if I should put my newly aquired 160 SATA, or if I should replace the 250 with the 160. I skeptical cuz another HDD will add more heat and take up more power. It is possible to have both though. Should I try both and see what happens? What do you guys think?

Antec 430W 2x12v
4 HDD's = 1x Sata (120Gb = XP), 3x Pata (80Gb = Vista, 2x 250Gb Stuff)

Answer:250Gb hdd PATA or 160Gb hdd SATA 150

That 160 isn't going to be any faster than your 250. Likely slower.

Yes its possible to use both, and I would do so.

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My smartbox 8320HD pvr requires that the external drive Is formated in Fat32.I know there Is a 32GB limit but I think there must be a simple way around this.Does anyone know of a free software that Is easy to use that I can format the 1TB drive in Fat32.I would prefer a tried and tested software that does what it says and someone has used with sucess.

Answer:software to format a external 1 TB HD with Fat32

I Googled and found this click hereno idea as to it's efficacy

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Title says it all really - I want to use the drive with an Xbox360 so need it as FAT32 but Vista won't let me

Anyone done this succesfully?

Answer:Format External HDD as FAT32 in vista

Fat32 not a option in disk management? Havent dealt with that in
vista. Suprising its not a option.,,,Maybe someone else will have
a workaround...

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Hey guys,

I have this external hard disk of 500Gb of Verbatim. Previously it was of NTFS format. Then I had converted it into Fat32 because I wanted to write stuff on it from MAC. I transferred movies, pictures, videos, songs, etc in it.

Now, I use Windows 8.1. I connect this hard disk. I hear the sound of it getting connected. But then I can't access the hard disk. As in my laptop doesn't read the hard disk.
I read a few posts regarding converting a hard disk from FAT32 to NTFS wiithout losing the files. But I was not sure whether I have the same problem.

I want to transfer all the files in my hard disk to my laptop.

Can anybody please guide me? (I'm a complete layman. Avoid jargons please :P)

Thank You,

Answer:Can't read External HDD of FAT32 format in my Windows 8.1

I went to the disk management and I can see this.

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I bought a new Lacie 500GB external hard drive. I need to format it to FAT32 for my PS3. I tried running cmd, then typing in format /FS: FAT32 (drive: ) but it says, Access denied, you do not have sufficient privileges. You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode. What does that mean? Also when I go to Start/computer/ right click on the Lacie drive/click on format, it only gives me two choices to select from NTSF and exFAT which I heard that the PS3 doesn't read exFAT. I'm running on Windows Vista home premium 64bit.

Answer:Solved: How do I format External HD to NTSF to FAT32?

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WD external drivs come already formatted in FAT32. A note in the manual says**This WD drive is preformatted as a single FAT32 partition for compatibility with all Windows operating systems. The FAT32 file system has a maximumindividual file size of 4 GB and cannot create partitions larger than 32 GB in Windows 2000/XP. Windows 2000 and XP users can overcomethese file size limitations by reformatting the drive to NTFS using the Disk Management utility. Windows 98SE and Me do not support NTFS.If I buy a 250GB WD ext drive, does it come formtted in FAT32 as 32GB in size, or do Western Digital have some way of formatting it in FAT32 that means it arrives with 250 GB (or 230) available ? I know I can reformat it in NTFS, but I would like to keep it as one ~250GB FAT32 partition if it arrives like that, or will it be only 32GB ?

Answer:WD external HD - size of default FAT32 format ?

The WD drives I bought came formatted NTFS. If you buy a FAT32 formatted drive you should re-format/convert to NTFS if you are using XP or later as your partition size will be restricted otherwise.

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i want to format it with fat32 because i just got a macbook and i heard i can use fat to transfer files but it wont let me when i try to format it it only has the option of ntfs. i checked my internal hd and it has the fat32 option so i dont know whats wrong with the external one. help me please.


Answer:Solved: external hd wont let me format it with fat32

Depends on the size. XP won't allow drives over 32 GB to be FAT32 because it is significantly slower at that size. You will need another partitioning/formatting program or make smaller partitions to transfer things.

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This sounds like a silly question, but I'm asking very seriously. I've encountered an opinion that the 250GB 5400rpm disk is at least as fast as the 160GB 7200rpm because of higher data density - and despite slower platter rotations.Can anyone provide any data on this? An opinion as fast as possible would be really appreciated - while I still can cancel my order

Answer:250GB 5400rpm faster than 160GB 7200rpm??? (in T61p)

some 5400.4 have a little higher continous reading speed but slower seek time vs hitachi 7200.if you have a lot of little file to load, 7200 is still faster.

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I have a Maxtor "One Touch" external hard drive on my PC running Windows XP Professional. When I invoke the right click dropdown for this drive on My Computer and ask for a quick format this message eventually appears:
Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive Make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive then try formating again.
I appreciate the implications of formating a drive I use this drive for keeping my data files automatically incrementally backed up and for a ghosting of my total complete C drive, but there are errors on it and I wish to start again with a clean external Maxtor.
How do I reformat this external drive, please?

Answer:Re-format an external hard drive.

Sounds like your backup software is using the drive.Stop the back up software via control alt delete then task manager look for it in the list of either applications or processes and stop it.Then try again

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I have a 250GB External Hard Drive that is currently formatted NTFS, and I need to format it FAT_32. I have copied all the data from the external drive to my PC so I have a copy, but when I go to format the external drive it only gives me the NTFS option!??

Any advice welcome - have searched the previous threads and most refer to formatting from FAT_32 to NTFS, and can't find one that talks about the problem I am having, but I may have missed it and it may be something really simple

Answer:How Format External Hard Drive

How are you going about formatting it?

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Hi all.

I have had no problem with my external hard drive, but recently its not beeing recognized and needs formating :

When i right click on it, a window opens and says it should be formatted. but i have data on it and can t. when i cancel the window, this messeage come :

it is not also recognized in kaspersky or tune up, so that i could scan it for viruses or perform a check disc with them.

It is not recognized also in my computer with the name that i had given to it and just as a local disc appeares.

I have tried on two systems with both 7 and xp os , but still no go.

Thanks for the Help.

Answer:External hard drive needs format

Problem solved by performing a check disc, using the program ease us partition master

Thanks !

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I just can't figure out a way to format a hard drive in my PC. it shows in disk management as UNALLOCATED and NOT INITIALIZED.
I tried doing the stuff I've read in various websites and blogs but still I CAN'T do it. I'm no computer whiz, but I'm quite sure i can understand simple computer instructions. I tried doing the right click thing to select the options, but most of it WERE GREYED OUT!!! so KUDOS to me for trying.
I even resorted in downloading third party applications to easily help me FORMAT the said drive, but lady luck just wont smile on me. It shows me the error CYCLIC REDUNCDANCY CHECK! after i try to format it with fat32formatter.

Any help will be much appreciated guys. I just don't know what to do

Answer:can't FORMAT an external Hard Drive in my PC

Take a look at this friendly tutorial courtesy of Brink.
Partition or Volume - Create New

Also, further reading that might be helpful.
Disk Check

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I just purchased a 500GB Verbatim Acclaim external hard drive I noticed that it came with some software on it, dcreasing its size down to 465GB, I would like to format the drive to have 500GB of space, would this be safe?

Answer:External hard drive format

You're not actually going to get the whole 500GB - this is because the hard drives companies use decimal bytes for simplicity's sake (it's simpler to write 500GB than 470.3GB (or whatever)); the actual usable amount of space is probably about 470GB at best.

The reply in this thread explains it more thoroughly.

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I have an ext hd that I used with Dish Network that I want to format and use with Windows. Dish uses Linux and I don't have Dish anymore. What do I do to format and remove the linux from this drive?

Answer:how doo i format my external hard drive that

kk goto my computerright click the external hdclick formatdoneor you could make a batch file to leave all old stuff on there and just delete the linix install

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Can anyone help please. I have recently replaced the hard drive in my mp3 player which I connect to my PC by USB link. The problemn is that the new hard drive needs to be formatted/partitioned and because it isn't formatted it no longer appears in "My Computer" as an external drive, so I don't have access to it to format. Can anyone tell me how I can format the new hard drive via the USB link. Many thanks.

Answer:Format an External Hard Drive via USB

Welcome to Techspot

You can attach the HDD to a free IDE connector annd power it up right from inside the case of your computer .You don't have to bolt it in place, just make sure it is sitting on some anti static membrane/bag etc, and don't bounce it around. Windows should see it and format it from My Computer.
Remeber drive letter switching using this procedure.
Or for $25 bucks grab a USB enclosure and throw it in there, plug in to the computer and Format (Best way in my opinion, I keep a spare enclosure around for times like this)

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I am trying to format an external hard drive. I get an error message that it cannot be formatted because it is in use. quit any disk or utilities that are using this drive or anything displaying the contents. I'm not using or displaying. I highlighted the drive and clicked on format.

Answer:format external hard drive

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I recently bought a new computer running Vista with a Windows 7 upgrade.
I kept the old Hard drive from my XP machine with the intention of using it as an external hard drive. Before I go to windows 7 I want to back up all my info on the external HD so I will format it and then transfer data. Once I have done that and installed 7 and everything is working okay (hopefully) will I have to format the external Hard drive again to work with Windows 7? Logic tells me I should but I need direction.

Answer:Format external Hard drive for Win 7

The short answer is NO

After formatting you can transfer all your data to the old drive but you need to understand that most if not all programs from XP will not work under Windows 7 although any files and documents will open just the same.

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Hello guys, I was messing around with my external hard drive with Ubuntu and corrupted/screwed it up. So I got on disk management with this laptop that's running Windows 8.1 and currently trying to format the hard drive so it is useable again. Unfortunately I unchecked quick format and it has been running for about 30 minutes... It is only at 2%.

This is a 3.0 USB 3 TB hard drive. My laptop is USB 3.0 as well.

Any ideas on how long this is going to take? Or if there is a way to safely cancel the format without messing up the hard drive even more?

Answer:External Hard Drive Format Help

You can wait, use task manager to end task, shut down PC, unplug drive..

Then just Quick format - otherwise it will take a while

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I am trying to format an external hard drive, but it is not showing up in disk management. I can see it in device manager as "disk drive" and under USB as a mass storage device. I am using Windows XP SP 2 with most recent updates.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Trying to format external hard drive

What brand is the Hard-Drive and what is the Model #?

Also what is the brand of the enclosure and that is its Model #?

If you can get me this info I can help.

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I've been using an external on my laptop for the last month. It has been working
good until now. Last night, I safely removed it and turned it off, then put the computer in standby. When I turned the computer on this morning and then the HD, double clicking on it said it needed to be formatted. Usually I don't do the safely remove part because it sometimes would say it couldn't stop the HD so I would just put the computer in standby, then turn the HD off.
Is there anything I can do to get a computer to read the files on the HD. I hooked the HD up to my desktop and the same thing happened.
Are there any programs I can buy to revive the files on it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello ? Techspot.

I have a simple question.
Yesterday, I bought "Western Digital 320GB My Book Essential Edition 2.0 External Hard Drive"

The problem is, it was format in Fat. I want to format it as NTSF.
But Inside hard drive, there are software that came with.
If I am going to format hard drive into NTSF, what will happened my 1 year warrenty ? Is that OK ? And Can I get All the software in Western Digital Web site ?


Answer:How do I format External Hard Drive ?

It will be ok for you to copy the files onto your internal hard drive and copy them back after. If you go into My Computer (or Computer in Vista) then right click on the drive, click Copy, and click Paste in your desktop.

Then go back to My Computer and format the drive to NTFS, then open up the folder with the same name as the drive on your desktop, and copy all the files back Then you can delete the folder from your desktop.

I don't think that it will affect your warranty but you should check the WD site for that.

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When I plug my external into my pc it tells me it's unable to use and to format the drive. So I try to do so, and Windows tells me that there's a program using the external drive.

I attempt to format anyway since I know there's no programs using the drive, and after a minute the formatting comes to a stop and I get a message saying it's unable to format.

I've tried formatting it via 'This PC' and DIsk Management in Windows 10. Tried Quick Format as well and nothing is progressing.

Help is much appreciated.

Answer:Cannot Format my External Hard drive

Try rebooting and immediately after it get's to your desktop, format it.

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Hi, I recently spilt a cup of tea over my laptop keyboard and voila, no more computer. The drive and its contents were okay though and I have since purchased a new laptop and I am using the drive from the old laptop as an external backup drive.

My problem is that on my old laptop I partitioned the drive into four - 20GB each. I would like my external drive to now be one big 80GB but I don't know how to format and repartition it.



Answer:How do you format an external hard drive?

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I have purchased an external Hard drive via USB2 for backup purposes - 160 Gbs. Using MSBackup and having selected the chosen files I am unable to copy more than 4 Gbs. ?What steps should I take please? Any help grtefully received. - Wol

Answer:External Hard Drive format?

Have you formated the drive in Fat32? 4G is is the file size limit for Fat32Use Admin tools- computer management - disk management to convert to NTFS. No fle size limit in NTFS.

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I have an Iomega external HD, Model LDHD160 (160 GB) which was partitioned (by me) into 2 partitions with backup data in each partition. I have deleted each partition and the data therein. I now have the clean unpartitioned HD and need to format it in order to use it again for backup purposes. None of the directions I have found work as the "Format" option does not appear anywhere. Can someone tell me the proper way to format this ext. HD so I can start using it again?

Answer:How do I format an external hard drive?

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Is there a way I can back up my files from my 2tb WD My Passport External Hard Drive? I have a lot of files on there which I want to back up and convert to NTFS

Answer:External Hard Drive in RAW Format

You will need to format that RAW drive if you know theres nothing on it.

How big is that drive?

Do you want to chop it up for other things as well?

I use PERSONAL BACKUP 5, its free and can schedule backups automatically.,.

It has a wizard and advanced interface depending on your needs..

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G'dayIs there an easy way to format a brand new external hard drive which is in a USB 2.0 enclosure? I only ask as I can't really be bothered opening the case and installing it that way if it isn't strictly necessary!CheersBA

Answer:Format external hard drive?

If your ext. HD is like mine,(a 40Gb Amacom) it worked straight from the box, no formatting just simply install the USB driver.It worked on the existing USB 1 port but obviously when I fitted a USB 2 card the file transfers speeded up to what they should be and it stopped behaving like a floppy!

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I have a Western Digital external 80 GIG hard drive. I recently was executing two simultaneous activities with the drive. I think I was trying to read one folder while writing another folder.

In any event, the drive stopped functioning and when I tried to open it with Explorer, it said that it was not formatted properly. I tried to format it with the XP formatting tool (Right click, format). It ran for some time and stopped saying that it could not complete the activity. I then tried to format it with NTSF and got the same response.

How can I recover the use of the drive?

Answer:Format external hard drive

The help you need can be found here:

More background information on using FDISK:

Good luck; let us know how this turns out.

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My computer is an Acer 3600GT, running XP Home. The original HDD was an 80GB Western Digital - WDC WD80-0JB000JJCO - I replaced it with a 320BG disk a while back.
Over the weekend I bought an external enclosure for the 80GB disk. At first it worked without any problems; I was able to access its data, and copy what I wanted to keep over to the primary disk. My next plan was to wipe the disk entirely and reformat it to NTFS, but that hasn't worked out.
I first tried to erase with Paragon Disk Wiper overnight, but this morning that had an error message saying that the wipe had failed. I then went to Disk Management and tried to reformat directly - that too has given up, saying it was unable to complete the task.
The disk now doesn't show up when I open the My Computer page, although it is visible when I open Safely Remove Hardware. I tried to locate a new driver through Windows in that panel, but it says it can't find anything other the drivers already installed.

Any ideas?

Answer:Can't format external hard drive.

I'm not sure about external hard drives, but I'm guessing it shouldn't be much different. Try using DBAN (Daricks Boot and Nuke), that's what I always use and I've never gotten an error. There should be some tutorials on the website, just search DBAN on google, it should be the first one. If you have any problems I'm sure I can help.

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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Just like the title says. I tried to make it so my girlfriends 250gb iomega external hardrive would work on both a mac and pc, and I read a guide saying to use Swissknife to format it to FAT32. I tried using SwissKnife it on my vista operating system and (big suprise) it didn't like it. When I plug in it in, it won't recognize the hard drive, and the computer sort of freezes. Then, when I unplug it, it will have a message pop up that says the drive needs to be formatted, but now it is unplugged, so it can't format it. ARG!!! So, now I have a bricked hard drive and a pissed off girlfriend, any ideas how I can alleviate both problems in one fell swoop?

Answer:External Hardrive won't work after trying to format to FAT32 using SwissKnife

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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hi i dont understand why my external wont open on vista?

Answer:how to format the external hard drive to work

i have a lifetec SATA&IDE TOUSB 500gig external hard drive and i am unable to operate it on any windows well it wont show up anywhere is it not formatted ? and how do i format it to work?

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I have a Western Digital External hard drive and had problems with some corrupted files. As a result I decided to use the WD dianostics software to fix the problem but it didn't solve the problem. The WD software gave me the option of wiping the hard drive and I did that in the hope that I could start affresh and then copy my back up files to it again. The problem is that my computer now does not recognize the hard drive at all so it looks like I am going to have to reformat it to NTFS format. How do I get my computer first to recognize it and then how do I reformat it to NTFS format?


Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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I need your expertise for this one. I have an Samsung 60GB hard drive that I have been using for backup. The drive is in an external case connected thru a usb port & I have been using it for some time without problems. Since it was previously formated as FAT32, I decided to clean it up & reformat as NTFS.

After cleaning I ran Partition Magic 8, to set up 2 partitions & received an "error 27, Cannot lock drive".

Tried to reformat with Windows. After the format appeared to be finishing I received "Windows unable to complete format" .

The drive displays in MY Computer but shows no Total space or free space. If I click properties: it shows 0 used space 0 free space. Also none of the Tools in the run on it.

Running Win XP Home
What can I do to fix it????

Answer:Solved: Can Not Format External Hard drive

You may have to remove the drive from the external case and connect it temporarily on your secondary IDE channel. If you can't format it there, try the disk manufacturer's diagnostics and see if the drive has died for some reason. You might also try DBAN to totally clear the entire drive and see if that allows you to complete the partitioning and formatting.

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The other day i turned it on and connected it to my computer(running win 7), Unfortunately a message came up that windows needed to format the hard drive(200 GB) before it could use it, In my computer it is named as local disk(drive name) which use to have the externals name.

I have too much needed files to lose or to be formated, I checked disk management and the drive was healthy but the file system was RAW,I checked it with the chdsk(spelling) but all checked files were unreadable.

Is there any way that i can use my external again? I appreciate any help at all.

Answer:Windows wants to format my external USB hard drive!

Your file system on the external drive has become corrupt. You could try to run chkdsk /r on it which may fix the problem but, and this is a big but, it might damage some of your files.

The safer bet is to use an Ubuntu Live CD, follow this guide.

After you have rescued your files you should then run the hard drive diagnostics for windows which you can download from the drive's manufacturer's site. If all is well you can then reformat to the NTFS file system and it should be usable again.

I just found this which you may find easier and it says it can be used on a drive that has changed to a RAW file system. (It appears to be free but no guarantee)

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After trawling through what feels like millions of threads I don't think any address my problem specifically so hopefully someone can help.

Basically my laptop has gone in for repairs so I backed up all my work onto my seagate external hardrive. Its a pretty old one but has never had any problems before. It is hooked up to my desktop but now instead of being called 'seafront external hardrive H:/' its labelled as 'Local Disk H:/'.

It says that it needs to be formatted and no matter what I do to try and recover the data I can't seem to.

As my laptop is in the shop I tried it on my sisters Mac ( which it has always been fine on) and it also can't read it.

It is being acknowledged on both the Mac and my Dell desktop and is whirring away etc.

The only things that may have had an effect is that my desktop froze last night with the drive attached and had to be restarted (but I did use the drive after this and it was fine the first few times)

I also have a 1gb pen drive and that was hooked up to my desktop when it crashed. That can't be read by the dell desktop now but is fine on the mac.

Is there anything I can do? Is there anyway I can get the data back? It is in need of an upgrade but I just want the 150gb on it back.

I have a feeling I have done something stupid to cause this. But hope someone can help

Thank you in advance

Answer:External Hard Drive is being forced to format?

Open a command prompt window (Run and type CMD) if you are on Vista you need an elevated command prompt - see

When in the command shell type chkdsk h: /f /v assuming h: is still the drive letter - reboot if prompted

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I have an Iomega 1tb Select Desktop Hard Drive which has worked fine since I've had it. About a month ago when I connected it to my laptop, which has Vista Home Premium, it has come up with a message saying I need to format it before I can use it. By unplugging it and plugging it back in again the message has disappeared and I was able to use my hard drive. About 2 weeks ago I connected my hard drive to my sister's laptop to back-up her documents and when I plugged it back into my laptop it kept asking for a format. I also connected it to my dad's PC, which has Windows 7, and the same thing happened. Now my laptop will recognise the device is plugged in but it does not appear in My Computer.

Any help is much appreciated as I do not want to lose what I have on my hard drive and I will be needing it in 2 months time. Thanks in advance.

Answer:External Hard Drive Asks For Format

Take a look in Disk Management and see if it shows up in there

Click Start>>right click My Computer>>Manage and then on the left-hand side click on Disk management.

How old is the Hard drive?

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First off, I have very basic knowledge of anything to do with computers, so please be gentle.

Okay, so just a few months ago, I purchased a 1TB WD external hard drive. It's been working wonderfully since I purchased it up until this week. I'm getting the infamous format error message, saying my drive needs to be formatted. I know this means that I'll lose all my data if hitting 'yes', so I've avoided that thus far.

All of my music is saved to this drive, with this drive being my default location for music in iTunes. I mention this because all of my songs still work; usually when I unplug my drive, it can't locate my music and won't play it. However, my music still plays with the exception of two songs added this week. When I try and play those, it gives me the format error message. When I go into My Computer to access the folders in the drive, it also tells me to format.

I've tried restarting, unplugging, turning off, etc. After leaving both my laptop and drive off over night, the two songs that didn't work were actually working, but quickly went back to not being able to be located again.

Because the other songs still work, I have a glimmer of hope that it's fixable. Can anyone offer any suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:External Hard Drive Format Message

I would back the important files up to be safe as one time you may not be-able to access the drive.

After you have backed up the files then you can try a defrag and a check disc.

To defrag with the drive hooked up go Start>>Computer and right click on the drive choose properties and choose Tools.

Click on Defrag it when you are not using the PC as it will take a long time.

After it has defragged do the same again but this time choose Check Disk now and new window will open and check both boxes and click Start.

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My computer is saying that my external drive needs formatted and formatting it will erase all the data. I have much data on it that I was saving on an external drive because I want it. Is there a way to retrieve the data before reformatting the external drive? I have a toshiba pentuim pentium (r) dual core T4200 with a windows vista home premium operating system and a accudata hard drive model number PDHD1000USB72.

I can be contacted at [email protected]

Answer:External hard drive format problem

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Hi,Ihave just received a freecom usb 500gb external hard drive,as my pc uses win xp along with file system ntfs,the new drive however is formatted with fat32, how to I convert to ntfs form easily and will not loose any required information to make drivework okthanks bods


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Hey guys,
So I have a samsung 1.5TB External Hard Drive that all of a sudden tells me it needs to be formatted. All I did prior to this happening was restart my PC, the same way I do every day.

I have 1TB of files, pictures, videos and more on that drive with no backups of it anywhere and I really need everything back.

I have read many threads similar to this one but others don't seem to have exactly the same problem that I do, in that when connected, my EHD constantly appears and then disappears in My Computer with a pop-up message.

This means that no matter which data/partition/HD recovery software I use, it doesn't allow me to select the EHD as it keeps disappearing from the list.

So basically, when it is plugged in, every 10 seconds or so it disappears and then reappears with this pop-up message:

"You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?"

Obviously I don't want to format it as that means I lose all my data.

Also, it uses USB 3.0 and is connected with a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 3.0 port.

I have tried:
- Changing the letter of the drive

In terms of recovery software, I have tried a few and another thing that makes it difficult for me to use (besides my EHD disappearing all the tim) is that I don't really know which options to choose.

For example, iCare Data Recovery has 4 sub-menus:
1. Lost Partition Recovery
2. Advanced file recovery
3. Deep Scan Recovery
4. Format Recovery

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Dear Forum,

I have a Generic Flash External Disk Drive that I am having trouble formatting.

It has data that used to be on it before I changed the Storage Policies on the Control Set in the Registry Editor after reading on how to do it on the Microsoft Knowledge Base Formatting disks and drives: frequently asked questions

I have copied and pasted the data that was originally on the disk - I just want to know if there is a way of making the Generic External Disk Drive usable again.

I am unsure of the different names to change it to and just wish to utilise it again.

I tried to change the Format via this link How to Format FAT32: 7 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow - It came up that I had bad sectors.

Can someone please assist?

Answer:My External Hard Drive is now classified as RAW - can you format it

This is what I did in Registry Editor - I had to create the the StorageDevicePolicies folder.

Open Registry Editor.
In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
Note: This key might not exist. In that case simply create it as a new key under the parent key.
Create the following value (DWORD):
and give it a value of 1.
Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you're supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.
Close Registry Editor.
Try to write something to any USB Disk and you'll get the following error:

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hello I have a problem with formatting my C drive on the external hard drive

well it is not external but it is the main hard drive of my pc and I had to put it on an enclosure and connect it to my laptop in order to backup and format the C on it which used to have a win7 ultimate 32bits

anyway the laptop disk management is reading the external D:/ normally but the external C:/ which is named G:/ on laptop is not readable

tried to format it from disk management many times using Nyfs or exFat and it took more than one hour to finish and tell me: windows couldnt complete format successfully

I read a lot of articles and tried deleting the Volume and making new one.... changing path and name of the volume

but all are giving same error cant format... also tried formatting in safe mode same issue pffft...

any help??? knowing that the other partition on the external hardrive is accessible

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Hi, I am running Windows Vista, I have a 1.5 Terabite WD Elements External Hard Drive. It has all my files on it. I was browsing through it when it suddenly froze and said that I needed to format the disk before I could use it. I haven't been able to get it to work since. I found some people with similar problems but I didn't want to try any of the solutions particular to them incase it caused another problem (as one of the reccomendations - run chkdsk on it - said that it could cause data loss).

What should I do?


Answer:External Hard Drive Error - Need to Format

Is this some kind of recognition problem of the hard drive or do I need to run some kind of data recovery software? Thanks

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I've had a WD 1TB My Book for a year, I formatted it to FAT32 when I got it and have successfully been using it since. Today I needed to access a very important folder on it, but when I try to open it Vista (and my other pc (XP)) says I need to format it. All the other folders on the drive work fine except this one, and this one worked fine last night and nothing's been done to it since. I really need to access its contents and can't risk reformatting the drive and losing a years worth of files. Any suggestions? Many thanks...

Answer:Windows says I have to format my external hard drive...

Since you have already tried the drive in another system, the next thing I would do would be to pull the drive out of the enclosure. Now connect the drive as an internal drive and see if you can access the data. If you can, then copy what you want. If not, then it is time to attempt a data recovery of the drive.

FWIW data you do not backup ie have a minimum of two copies on separate physical media, is data you do not care about. This is why we stress backups so much. With an image backup, it takes all of 10min to plug in a new drive and restore the image. Done.

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I am needing help with formating an external HDD into 1 partition.

I just got an external case for my (spare and sitting around doing nothing) 2.5" HDD, so now I have access to a 60Gb external HDD via USB. The problem is that it is currently split into 2 partitions and I want to re-format it as 1 partition only (as fat32). Can anyone please show me how to do this?


Answer:Format external HDD (hard drive) into 1 partition

I don't have a spare HDD to format so I can remember exactly how it is done, but I can give you a general idea on the process. Note that different operating systems call partitions different things (Vista will call them volumes).

Keep in mind: This will delete all the information on your hard drive

Right click on "My computer" and click "manage". This should take you to the computer management screen. Look at the left, you should see an option that says "Disk Management"; Click on it. You should now see all of your HDD and partitions to the right. Find the Disk at the Middle-Bottom pane that represents the one you want to format. Right click on a partition and click "Delete Volume" (it may say delete partition, but the important thing is that you are deleting it). After deleting both partitions, the entire Disk should say Unallocated. At this point, you can right click in the unallocated part and select New Simple Volume or New partition or whatever it wants to call it. Follow the wizard, and you should end up with a new, empty, partition (don't forget to format)

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right guys and girls here it goes! a little while ago i chucked my old laptop out and brought a new one, i kept my hard drive from the laptop because i have now turned it into a external one.
its been running perfict but i decided to format it because i just wanted to wipe everything, i done this through using vista.
when i have gone to use this external hard drive again its now showing the icon on my computer but when i click on it to open its coming up as i need to format it... i click ok this opens up another little window but this other little window is to tell me windows cant format it..... ive checked the properties and its saying that i have 0 bites in my hard drive, ya know the little pie sorta diagram down the bottom.... i have a program to try and format it but the program can not find the hard drive it only detects the one ive got in my laptop.
please pleas HELP! i have not got a clue what to do.

Answer:vista format external hard drive

It may be that the HD is test try it on another PC and see if it sees it and you can format it

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I am trying to completely clean out an external hard drive which was last used to make a clone of my computers drive. In trying to do this I seem to have run into two problems, one is that when I made the clone the drive was split into 3 separate partitions which now show up separately on my computer, I would like to turn the whole thing back into one drive. Second my computer seems to be treating the drive strangely, whenever I try to safely remove it I am told the generic volume can't be stopped even if every program has been closed, also when I first tried to wipe it using the "wipe data" tool in the free version of EaseUS Todo backup (which was the same program I used to make the clone) I was given an error message; I don't know if this is even possible, but the only thing I can think of is that because the drive contains an exact clone of a fully functional computer hard drive it is being treated differently by the operating system.

Any help would be great, thanks

Other info: lenovo sl400 laptop running windows vista and the drive in question is a Lacie rugged all terrain hard drive

Answer:Format a cloned external hard drive

Never use any "wipe" tools unless you plan to destroy the drive. Some have been unusable afterward. There is never a need to wipe a drive you plan to keep.

There is no reason to "safely remove" a drive whose contents you do not care about. Data loss is a non-issue. Just unplug it.

A cloned drive will not work properly unless connected to the machine identically to the way the original was. It has the same drive letter and is set up to replace the original. It sees a different hardware environment than the original.

If it is truly a clone, then it will have the same partitions and structure as the original. It will also be a system drive due to the presence of a page file. Use a bootable CD to remove the partitions and create new ones.
Parted Magic disk partitioning, PC repair, and file recovery tool (Bootable CD or USB image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.


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