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Format to Fat32 for 250Gb in windows 7

Question: Format to Fat32 for 250Gb in windows 7

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

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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'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.

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

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

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I've got 2 250GB HDD's, I know FAT32 won't work on, but I really don't want to use NTFS. I run Windows and Linux, so having 500GB of HDD space that Linux finds hard to handle isn't really my best option.

Is there another file system or way around it that I can run on Linux and Windows without to much trouble?

Answer:FAT32 and 250GB HDDs

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Answer:How to format a cd fat or fat32 with windows

You can't format a CD in fat usually."The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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Ok I have a NTFS external HDD, but I cant use that with my PS3 or other devices that require a fat32 HDD.

I've searched all over the internet and no solution. Isn't there a program out there than can do this easily? I have access to a mac, not now but tomorrow.

Answer:Windows 7: A way to format to fat32 from NTFS?

Just right click on the drive and select "Format. . .". You should then seethe format dialog box and at that point you should be able to select FAT32 from the "File System" drop down list.

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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'm sure this is simple, but I can't figure it out and searching google hasn't found me any answers. I am building a new system. It all works fine. But I have a WD 250GB hard drive I"m using. When I boot from WinXP Pro CD, and go to format the drive and install the OS, it only tells me I can format 130GB of space. Nowhere to be found is the rest of my drive...

Any thoughts as to what I"m doing wrong here?


Answer:XP won't format whole 250GB HD

Hi, if the version of Windows on the install CD pre-dates Service Pack 2, you will get this problem.

Microsoft added the ability for Windows to see hard drives bigger than 137 GB in Service Pack 1 (and Service Pack 2).

If you have access to another PC, download Service Pack 2 (which includes Service Pack 1 btw), and integrate it into your install source and burn a new CD from which you can install. You can find good instructions for doing that here:

You can download Service Pack 2 (full 266 MB package) from here:

As a workaround, you can create a partition less than 137 GB, install Windows, and then install Service Pack 2 and you will be able to access the rest of the hard drive. Then you can partition the rest from the Computer Management interface (right-click "My Computer" > Manage...)

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It has been 3 or 4 hours and... still going.

Drive is a Western Digital 250 (really more like 232) GB, 8MB cache, one touch, external hard drive.

USB2 connection.

Win XP
1.7 GHz Celeron

Answer:how long does it take to format 250GB?

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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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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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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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How without paid for utilities such as Acronis or perhaps with if a free download

Answer:Format USB ext.HDD to FAT32 from within XP

try pressing F1 from desktop

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My desk top PC finally crashed permanently - the mother board went out. I since pulled out my 2 250 Gig HD's and bought one of them USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable to hook up to my new laptop to copy all of my personal files over.

I am running Win XP here at work and when I hook up my hard drives via that cable, i was able to reformat those drive to NTSF. However I want to refomat to FAT32, so that I can use the HD's as an external HD for my XBOX360's. XBOX only reads FAT32.

I did the following:

Start>Run>CMD>format /FS:FAT32 E:
(E is my drive i want to format)

I get the folloiwng message:
"All Data will be lost blah blah....continue?"

I say "Yes"

then I get a message that the "device is being used by another program." I suspect it has to do with the way I have the HDD hooked up with that cable i bought.

If I buy an enclsore for the HDD, and plug it in that way - will it work?

or is there another way for me to format this into FAT32?

Answer:Need to format a HDD to FAT32 - please help

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I connected a new Intenso 2,5" Memorystation 320 GB USB drive and struggled somewhat to get W7 Pro 64-bit to recognize it. Eventually it did and I copied about 20 GB of folders as back up.

All fine but every now and then, while copying, I see a pop-up "Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?" If I hit Yes the copying proceeds. I can unplug and replug and all data still available. Rather than ignoring I scratched around and found that the drive is FAT32 and not NTFS. This seems to be normal with USB drives?

How should I treat this, should I convert or reformat and recopy or use as is because it is normal?

Answer:USB hd and FAT32 format

It depends on what OS's you're going to be using the drive with. If its just modern flavours of windows (win7, vista, xp), you can convert to ntfs because all these can read ntfs. Use this tut.

Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

But if you're going cross-platform to macs and linux, FAT32 provides greater compatibility. FAT32 is simpler- no security, no issues. FAT32 also has a 4gb size limit. Also see this thread.

NTFS or FAT32 with External Hard Drive?

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Ok, i will keep this as simple as i can. firstly im not good on pc tinkering, i just switch them on, use them and switch them off so apologies if I seem thick. I need to backup a ps3 and cant seem to format a 160g hdd to fat32. Ive read things about partitions etc and I just dont understand what this means. Ive also seen posts like "type format//32.." or something similar but I dont know where to type such instructions. Apologies for the stupidity of this post but any pointers would be great. Thanks in advance

Answer:how do i format a hdd to fat32


Fat32 is not meant to be pushed to hard drives this big, and even though you look up theoretical maximums and the such, you cannot use Windows to do it for you. Note that at no point here have I said that it is not possible. Saving the gory details:

Download, and run this free program. Click on the screenshot to download it: Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

Make sure all current data on the hard disk is backed up, as it will not be recoverable, make sure you select the correct drive letter (double, and triple check), give it a short name (preferably without spaces), leave the Allocation unit size as the default, uncheck "Quick Format", and click Start.

If you need any more help, just ask!


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Question: Format to Fat32

I have a WD My Passport 500g hard drive that I want to reformat from NTFS to Fat32. How do I accomplish this?

Answer:Format to Fat32

There's the Ehow way, you'll need this WD formatting tool, there may be more recent formatting software from WD, I didn't see any.

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I need to format a HDD from NTFS to FAT32. Its a 80 GB IOMEGA. I already backed up the files so that doesn't matter.

Answer:What is the best way to format a HDD to FAT32?

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I've made an old 2.4gb HD my slave but when I dos format d:, win98se chooses fat16 instead of fat32. The fat32 converter in windows can't format with a few bad sectors. Any suggestions on how to format d: to fat32? Thanks

Answer:Can't format in fat32

F Disc first zoobie.hope this helps.fredman

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when i go to format this 200 GB hard drive (in windows explorer and computer management), the drop down menu only has NTFS listed. now i know i can format a big drive like this to FAT32 because it once was a FAT32 drive and my current 500 GB drive is FAT32 (for read/write capabilities with Linux and Mac OS X).

any ideas on how to get it to format to FAT32 again?

running WinXP Pro SP2


Answer:can't format 200 GB to FAT32

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Hello guys, Is there a software that can format drive without disturbing data on it. thanks

Answer:fat32 format software

A format is like an eraseure of all of the data. What you probably want is software that will convert between FAT, FAT32 or NTFS unless I have misunderstood your question

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can anyone help me im a complete newb (see my intro post) and have just bought a seagate 1tb ext usb hdd to back up my ps3s download content games movies photos etc (i have quite alot) and im a little concerned as to how to go about the whole process as ive read that you arent able to format the whole drive in 1 go, how do partitions work and what is their purpose, i know it needs to be formatted to fat32 and im not sure if this topic has already been touched on but all advice can only improve my understanding thanks all

Answer:Format a 1TB drive with FAT32?

not sure that FAT32 'is required' - - please verify that

Fat32 on a 1TB drive is a disaster as far as space utilization; massive wasted space will result.

Secondly, Windows will not format fat32 >32gb even though it is valid - - you need some other OS to do the work for you.

The 1TB drive should have come preformated; can you attach it directly to your system and verify the setup with the Disk Manager?

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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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I need to format a 500GB external HD in FAT32. I tried using Disk Management (XP) but cannot create a partition larger than 32GB. I used the cmd line to format drive but after appearing to be working for over 2 hours I got a message that the drive was too big. How can I get this drive formatted. I need to move files between a Mac and a PC.

Answer:format large HD in FAT32

Have a read of this

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I have an Asus notebook with preinstalled WinXP. I tried to defragment the main drive, but the process was veery slow. When looking for solution of this problem I found out, that my main-system partition is... in FAT32. It's very strange, that the manufacturer (Asus...) installed WinXP on a FAT32 and not NTFS formatted partition.

So my question is - can I change the FAT32 to NTFS on my system partition without format?

And is that kind of a process safe? Won't it damage any files/programs I have installed?

Thanks in advance for all your tips!

Answer:FAT32 to NTFS without format



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I have just bought an external USB 500gb Hard drive that i would like to format as FAT32 so i can use the drive with both a Macintosh and PC.

Windows built in format option will only format drives that are 32gb or less.. but my drive is 500gb so it wont let me.

How can i format my drive?
Thank you

Answer:Format 500gb Hdd as FAT32?

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ive converted my WD HD 1tb from fat32 to ntfs, but after it cant be read by my DVD player (LG dvd player with usb slot). when it was in fat32, everything was fine.

Please help me format my 1tb Western Digital HD to fat32 which was the original format when i bought it.

Answer:How to format 1TB drive to FAT32

Windows XP can not format fat32 beyond 32 gb -- you need another system to do that.

However, Fat32 over a 1 TB filesystem will have HUGE cluster sizes and waste most of the space. NTFS is a much better choice.

What's the issue with accessing the device in NTFS?

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I want to format a USB stick to play music in my car. Everything I've read in the Honda forum says to use a Fat32 format. Is this possible in Win7? I don't see this option when I try to format it.


Answer:Fat32 format in Win7

That's a common problem. I think the Windows formatter won't offer you FAT32 if the drive is above a certain size.

Yeah, you need FAT 32 for car playback in most cases. I tried ExFAT and it didn't work.

The USB thing works well for me. 15,000 songs on a 64 GB drive the size of a jelly bean.

Here's what I use to format:

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

It is a GUI version of fatformat.exe, which is command line only. You can accept the default allocation unit size. If you choose a smaller size, you will be able to fit a few more songs on your drive---not many.

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I wasn't sure what section to put this in, but this seemed right.

I have a new Western Digital Passport external hard drive and I need to format it to Fat32 so my PS3 will recognize it and read the files straight from the drive instead of having to transfer the files one by one to a flash drive so I can watch them from there. I am on summer break right now and am going back to my campus in 2 weeks and I can't bring my computer so I need to be able to watch my movies and tv shows from my hard drive.

I am using Windows-7 64-bit Ultimate. I tried using Western Digital's formatter but it wouldn't install. I couldn't get Swissknife to work either. I'm sure there is something extremely easy right under my nose but I am extremely tired and have been up since 3:30 AM so I thought I would try asking around since I can't think straight right now....

Answer:Format 1TB WD Passport to Fat32?

I think your not able gto do a 1Tb Fat32 can you?

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i have a hdd with ntfs on it , i want to format it to fat32 i have tried format c: /fs:fat32 but it tells me its an invalid switch i am getting to a dos prompt using a w98se boot floppy.any help would be appreciated

Answer:format hdd to fat32 from ntfs

Nearly right, its format C: /s

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I have a HD that was used in a mail server. It has WINNT 4.0 and I'd like to re-format it so that I can put Win98 on it and put it back in service with another user.

Could someone please shed some light on the best way to go about this?
Thank you.

Answer:Need to re-format from NTFS to FAT32

You'll need to use the FDISK utility to delete the existing non-dos partition and recreate a primary dos partition and format it using the FORMAT command.

There is a full fdisk walk-thru here that will give you a good outline of the process.

Good luck.

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I just tried to format my TB drive in FAT32 using a program called 'swissknife' as windows didn't allow me to do anything other than NTFS.

My drive was formatted in FAT32 but the capacity is now down to 429GB?!

I'm really worried can someone help me get the drive up to its original capacity in FAT32?

I'm willing to answer any questions swiftly i will check posts every 30-60 mins.

Answer:Format 1000GB in FAT32? :(

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I am trying to format my new hard disk through disk manager in windows xp.
I created a single partition and was going to format it as FAT32, but the only option I am given is NTFS. Why????

Its a WD 80 Gig hard disk.

Answer:cannot format new disk as FAT32

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I am running Win XP Pro
on a Pentium III 933 MHz w/ 256 MB RAM
I have 2 40 GB IDE Hard Drives in the computer
They are formatted for FAT32

To add a 3rd Hard drive I installed a PCI USB2.0 card
and an external USB2.0 HD Enclosure with a 120 GB IDE drive in it, on which I created 2 partitions, 40 GB and 80 GB.
Windows formatted them for NTFS

I think I should all the drives with the same format system - to move files around, etc.

Windows would let me reforamt the FAT32 drives to NTFS
but it will not allow me to reformat the NTFS to FAT32

How can I format the 2 new partitions for FAT32?

Answer:Format HD - FAT32 or NTFS

First of all, the format of the partitions will have no affect at all on your moving files from place to place, regardless of any combinations.

NTFS is a far superior file system and is much faster for partitions that are as large as the ones you are dealing with. It is also much more fault-tolerant and your data will be safer with NTFS. I'd suggest converting your FAT32 partitions to NTFS, but whatever you decide, moving files will not be a problem.

Due to the large decrease in performance that FAT32 exhibits with larger partitions, you will need to go to the drive manufacturer's site to obtain software if you want to format to FAT32 since XP won't allow it.

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I have a 120GB WD Passport that is formatted as NTFS. The USB port on my new HDTV only works with devices formatted in FAT32. Since XP won't let me do FAT 32 on a drive that big, how can I do it?

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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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^^^^^^^^ im planing on upgrading my ps3 with this HD and the forms say you need to have it as FATS32 in order to work and I tryed to look it up online but i can't find any listings on what type of format it is if it's Fats or NTFS.

thanks for the help in advance guys

Answer:Solved: need to know if this is FAT32 format??

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I have been trying to format an SD card into FAT32 so that I can use it in my new Karaoke machine.

When right clicking on the directory and choosing format, it show the FAT32 but does not complete when I click on it coming up with the error message 'cannot complete the format'. I have also tried this on my laptop which runs XP but the same message comes up. I have checked and the lock for writing is not on.

Does anyone have any idea how to go about this. A friend said to use the compatability wizard to do this but on looking at this I still do not know what to do


Answer:How to format SD card into FAT32

Originally Posted by Colbara

I have been trying to format an SD card into FAT32 so that I can use it in my new Karaoke machine.

When right clicking on the directory and choosing format, it show the FAT32 but does not complete when I click on it coming up with the error message 'cannot complete the format'. I have also tried this on my laptop which runs XP but the same message comes up. I have checked and the lock for writing is not on.

Does anyone have any idea how to go about this. A friend said to use the compatability wizard to do this but on looking at this I still do not know what to do


Hey Colbara, Welcome to the Forum.

This drive will show up in Computer, Right click on it select Properties, Select the Tools tab, Click on Check Now, make sure that there is a tick in each box and click on Start, when it is finished try again to format it.

I hope this helps


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I have a second hard drive that is formatted FAT32 and I need to reformat it to NTFS so I can install Windows XP as a dual boot option. It shows 146GB of 148GB free space; however, when I open the drive it says "This folder is empty". I once had Ubuntu installed and reformatted the drive, but it may be hidden somewhere on the drive. I have tried to reformat by right clicking the drive letter and using the format command, but I get an error message "Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.". When I check the drive for contents using CMD it says "Volume in drive is New Volume Directory of D:\ File Not Found". When I try to format D: from the C: prompt, it says "Access Denied as you do not have sufficient privileges. You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode." I am logged on as Administrator, so I don't understand what is happening.

Answer:Can't format FAT32 HD with NTFS

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hi, i notice sometime when i run install window using the same cd.
it comes with option FAT32 or NTFS
and other time only show up NTFS
is there a way to have the FAT32 available? because as i said i use the same winxp pro installation cd on diff system, but some allow u FAT32 option some only allow u NTFS

Answer:how to format window xp to FAT32????

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MY PS3 has broken again (Yellow light) and i decided to upgrade to a slim ps3. I then realised that i upgraded the hard drive to a 500GB Western Digital in my broken ps3 and when i do get it fixed i would like to make a backup of the data and transfer it to my new ps3.

I have just pulled a 500GB hard drive out of an old computer and put it into an external box so i can use that. MY issue now is that i cant get it to format to FAT32 so that the PS3 can read it.

i have looked around and only found people mentioning partitioning the drive, which wont work in this case as for some reason the ps3 only reads a single partition and therefore wont be able to backup to the disc. Another option i found was SwissKnife which was free when the article was written but isnt any more and i dont want to pay $9.99 for something that im only ever going to use once.

Is there anything else anyone can suggest?

Any help is appreciated

Answer:500GB HDD format to FAT32 for PS3 Backup

Think you will find its still free It doesent work on windows 7 but does in xp.I find to make it work in xp I run it in the compatability mode of windows 2000.

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I have 80GB hard drive in 3 partitions running XP and want to change drive to Fat32 of 3 partitions. This will allow me to have Win98se installed in 'C' drive (I can then install XP on one of the others later if I want). What command lines do I need to use? I have Win98 startup disk and could just dive in, but this is more sensible. I want to loose everything currently on the drive since this may allow program GameSpy Arcade to work properly using Win98... everything else has failed.

Answer:Format NTFS HD to FAT32 in 3 partitions

I don't think you can go from NTFS to FAT32.

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I dual boot with XP on my Primary HDD and Win2K on my Secondary (seperate) HDD and would like to format one or both to NTFS, which has better security for both Folders and Files, (so the kids cannot see my 'artistic' images), but what are the implications for general operation, ie, can I still use the same applications, etc, previously installed on the drive as FAT32, if I have a file or programme on a floppy or CD from a FAT32 drive can I access it and write to it.What if I format the Primary drive to NTFS and leave the Secondary drive as FAT32 ??

Answer:Format FAT32 to NTFS Implications

you will have no broblems with any of your suggestions

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hey every body as you may know i'm new here, i was recomended here by a friend cos you guys know your stuf!

anyway heres the deal i have had this problum for a wile now and finaly now trying to get it sorted
but i don't what to do.

basicly i want to format a HDD thats 160GB in size to FAT32 so i can use in on my PS3 .ect with out limiting the drive down to 32GB or 40GB or what ever, its a Maxtor usb Drive, but the HDD itself inside is a little SATA Seagate Momentus 5400.3.

The drive has been used for a RAID utility (that i no longer need) so its been formated to a filesystem that windows can't seem but i'm sure i can sort that by pluging it into my desktop via SATA lead and going to "Disc Management" and i can delete the Partition. so guys what do toy think, open to any surgestions

Answer:Solved: Format HDD over 40gb to FAT32

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I've just bought one of these,...bargain at 8.79 I thought.Having never had such a capacious drive before, the biggest I own is 256MB and I seem to recall cost about 25.00 so the format question never came up before.Aside from the obvious ability to store files larger than 4GB, are there any other benefits to Read/write quicker? take less space with it's own management structure?....ensure even use of the memory cells etc.?

Answer:8GB USB Sticks Format FAT32 or NTFS?

I think that you are best leaving Pen Drives as Default Fat, there may be some advantages to formatting NTFS, but Pen Drives are best left alone in my opinion unless your intention is to store large solid ammounts of data.

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I bought a Seagate USB Expansion HDD of 1.5 TB to make backup of both my PC HDD and my PS3 HDD.

But to be used by my PS3, the HDD needs to be formated in FAT32. But by default, it is in NTFS.

When I try to format under Windows Vista, the FAT32 option doesn't appear.

How can I format the HDD in FAT32?
Will the HDD be still recognized by Windows Vista?

Answer:Want to format Seagate 1.5 TB USB HDD to FAT32 under Vista. How?

have a look at

I'd be looking at creating a separate FAT32 partition on the drive for the sole use of the PS3 and the remaining disk space formatted NTFS for use with the PC.

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Hello. I have come across this a few times and wondered what causes this. I work at a computer repair shop and I deleted a partition on a drive within the Win2k setup for a customer..then Win2k gave me the option to format it, since I wanted to do a fresh install of win2k. It only have me an option for NTFS. I was wondering why it did not give me an option for Fat32.

Answer:Win2k setup cannot format as Fat32?

The drive was >32 gig was it not? If so, win2k [and XP] cannot format a volume as fat32 if it is > than 32 gig. They both can use a volume > than 32 gig when it is formatted as fat32 with either a third party program such as Partition Magic or even a win9x boot disk.
In order to format the drive as fat32 you would have had to select a size < 32 gig during setup; then you would have been given the option as to file system.

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Hi all,

This is the first time for me to install W10 and I am facing a kind of strange issue.
All started with an error code displayed by the W10 installer saying something like "Impossible to format system partition. Wrong file system. Error Code 0x80042425"...
After so Google search most of the answers were linked to USB key issues as I am booting using a bootable USB Key...Change the key for a bigger one (8Go => 16 Go) no changes...

Browsed a bit more on Google and understood that W10 is based on 4 partition :
2. MSR
3. Windows
4. Recovery

Made the link with the previous error understanding that it was not a key issue but a system partition formating issue.
Started to look around and finally landed on that page from Microsoft (in french sorry): between I got accounted to GPT/EFI rules and noticed that for W10 if EFI boot required, then GPT based disk is mandatory + for W10a dedicated EFI partition in FAT32...
And this is where I am facing the issue with DISKPART.
Getting thru the script provided on the MSDN site I have no issue until that line :format quick fs=fat32 Label="System"
Diskpart retuns me the following error:virtual disk service error the file system is incompatible
Formatting using exFAT or NTFS works but for sure will not solve my W10 installed problem...As additional information :
I am trying to install W10 on a CRUCIAL 525GO MX300 SSDCSM is disabledFastboot is disable... Read more

Answer:Impossilbe to format EFI in FAT32 using DISKPART

If you are trying to do a clean install then select the custom install option. Delete each partition listed on the SSD until you have nothing but unallocated space. Highlight the unallocated space and click next to let it set up the partitions on the SSD.

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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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 :-?I stall windows ME in IBM old PC. I download and have the drivers for that in my NTFS format external harddisk. So I cannot install  the drivers. How can I format  that drivers  to FAT32  , I mean just one folder that include the drivers? I hope u know it. Thanks everybody.

Answer:How to Format one folder,NTFS - FAT32

Copy the folder to the internal drive in another machine that can read NTFS and burn to a CD and all will be well. The format has nothing to do with this except WinME can not read NTFS. Formatting referres to the drive NOT the individual folder characteristics.There are other ways, but this is the easiest.Are you related to wangming?

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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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Hello ,

Is there any way to convert from NTFS to FAT32 without format ?

Thank U

Answer:Convert NTFS To fat32 without format

Quote: Originally Posted by Jack Sparrow

Hello ,

Is there any way to convert from NTFS to FAT32 without format ?

Thank U

Hi and welcome to seven forums

Nope. Im assuming you want to change a drive with data on it. If so you need to back it up reformat and restore it.

If thats not what you want to do please explain


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I bought a new 16gigs class 10 ultra mobile sd card, I want to get the most from it, I was suggested to format it to exFAT using PC.
my question is: what do you recommend me? format it? insert it without changing anything?
Note: i'll install most apps on it + media (videos, photos, music)

Answer:What are the differences between exFAT format and FAT32?

FORMAT it on the phone - then you'll get the optimal (correct ?) format.

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any suggestions for ones? hopefully that're a free download..


Answer:need a boot floppy to format to fat32

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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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hey everyone

was wonderin if anyone should shed some light on this.. i bought new freeagent seagate 1TB external harddrive .. but since i use my work on mac and pc i needed to make sure i formatted the thing in a format that could be used by both mac and pc.. so i spoke to a bunch of people in the know and everyone suggested Fat32 or "ms dos" format.. anyway it did work and i can use my harddrive on both platforms but unfortunatly i discovered that fat32 cant copy across files that are bigger than 4 gb.. i have two partitions.. i was wondering if

1) it is possible to format a harddrive so that one partition is NTFS and the other is Fat32.. so i could use my music stuff on the Fat32 drive and other stff on the NTFS

2) is there a way that i can format my hardrive with fat 32 so it can copy files that are bigger than 4 gb? and if so where can i find a program that does this?

3) are there any utilities that anyone could suggest that could reformat my drive in either of these cases(i know this is a stretch) without deleting my data.. i dunno i have heard of programs that can do that..

i also have the latest version on hirens boot from a friend but i dont even know where to start with that

any advice would be greatly appreciated

thanks alot..

Answer:Fat32 Format and files bigger than 4gb

Yes you can have Fat32 and NTFS partitions on one drive
Actually many recovery partitions on new drives are Fat32, whilst the main OS partition is NTFS

But do you already have 2 partitions available on your harddrive?
Or is it presently just one big Fat32 filesystem?

Creating multiple partitions on a drive is done when Windows is first setup (using the Windows setup CD)
Therefore, you are best to backup, and then start again, ie:
Remove the single Fat32 partition
Create 2 partitions
Format one to NTFS
Format the other to Fat32 (or do this formatting later in Windows, drive management)
Install Windows on the NTFS partition

All this (except the backing up) can be done using the Windows setup disc

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I got a Hitachi AX-M133 Hi-Fi Micro System for Christmas.
I have a Creative ZEN V Plus 4gb mp3 player.
The Hi-fi can't read the mp3 player.
I've read that the problem is because the player is NTFS and needs to be FAT32 to be read by the Hi-fi.

I can't figure out how to format my mp3 player to Fat32.

I've tried various things but can't find an option to choose how to format the mp3 player.

Anyone out there how to fix the problem (or knows that it's impossible so I can give up without guilt :)


Answer:Can I format my mp3 player to Fat32 with Vista?

hi iam not to sure about your player but i did find this which may be of interest to you re fat32 hope it helps make things a little clearer here is the support page for your player

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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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Recently bought a sumvison zengo - external hard drive enclosure for playing and recording media file via your telly. The drive shows up no problem in vista but i'm only able to format it to NTFS, unfortunately the box only supports FAT32 format. This problem is the same for all drives on my computer, I am not given the option for format them in anything other than NTFS. Even stranger, one of my drives was already formatted as FAT32, yet Vista has no problem dealing with it.

Here's a screenshot to show you exactly what I mean, I've highlighted the problem - my screenshot doesn't show it but NTFS is the only option in the drop down menu

Answer:Big problems in Disk Management trying to format to fat32

What "box" only supports FAT32? There should be no problem using NTFS on any drive.

Vista and XP will not format to FAT32 if the drive is over 32 gigs since FAT32 is slower and less efficient at that size level. If you insist on NTFS (which would be a less wise choice), you will need another formatter.

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I have a frustrating issue.

I got in 2 different external USB HDDs: 1 is a 3.5" 500GB drive, and the other is a 2.5" 320GB drive. I need these to be bootable to DOS, so I used the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool to format them as FAT32 and make them bootable.

On the 500Gb drive, everything went fine.

On the 320GB drive, it seems to work fine but I'm left with 150GB "used" and 147GB "free" right off the bat.

Both drives are using 32K clusters.

I thought there might be something wrong with the drive so I tried formatting it as NTFS and it was fine. Several attempts at re-formatting it FAT32 continue to come up with the same result.

Using multiple partitions would be a big hassle in this application, and the fact that the 500GB drive works fine leads me to believe there's a solution here somewhere so I'd rather fix the problem than cumbersomely work around it.

Any thoughts?

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I want to install clean Windows XP but the setup tell "Setup cannot find the End User Lisencing Agreement" said that my Hdd is FAT32.. formatting FAT32 to NTFS then install the windows XP again.Can somebody tell me how to formatting FAT32 to NTFS without operating system?

Answer:Format Fat32 to NTFS without Operating System To Ask Questions The Smart Way

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Hi all,

I've just had to replace a faulty HD, not my System disk fortunately but the one I keep backups on.

Previously I've always used a DOS Boot disk and done the FDISK and FORMAT from there.

This time I thought I'd do it though Disk Manager in WinXP.

I went through the Detect and Initalise, then to FORMAT, but in the drop down options it only had one i.e. NTFS. The help text certainly mentions FAT and FAT32.
Not a real problem, but I'm wondering why the other options weren't available?

(I do prefer to have back up HD's as FAT32 so that if needed I could read from DOS).

Any advice please?


PS WinXP at SP2 and fully up-to-date.

Answer:Solved: Win XP, New Disk - No FAT32 format option

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Does anyone know of any good freeware that will help me format a 120GB drive in FAT32? I will be using this external drive to swap files between my laptop and daughter's Mac.

Answer:Freeware to Format Large Drive to FAT32

Well you should be able to format it to FAT32 from inside windows.

but if you don't want to do that, ther is a few good partition tools on the UBCD...

Just download it and burn it as an ISO and boot from it, then find the HDD tools section and look for partitioning tools.

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I know how to do it with special utilities, with a GUI interface, but that's not what I need.

I need to process 14 USB drives at a time, and our new Win 10 Keys require 64GB Keys formatted as fat32.

I have scripting I wrote that builds 14 Imaging Keys at once no sweat, but the move to 64GB keys for Win10 has screwed me, and my diskpart scripts, over.

For whatever reason (I hear it's an NTFS promotion move), MS won't allow you to format drives larger than 32GB in the OS in any way. Not with the GUI, not with the command line, and not even with DiskPart.

So I need to move the formatting steps out of Diskpart and move them to a third-party utility that can, hands-off, format the 64GB keys in fat32 via command line.

I have some that do it with GUI, but that doesn't solve my automation problem.

I need a utility that will do it from a batch file/script using command line arguments.

I need this pretty quick too.

Answer:Need to format USB FAT32 >32GB from Command Line

Are you 100% certain that exFAT won't work in this situation (since it was designed with Flash memory in mind and optimized for that type of device in the first place)? It's basically FAT32 with no 4GB size limitation and should work just fine. Not sure what you mean by "Win 10 Keys" but I'm assuming by "Keys" you mean the USB sticks themselves, not actual Product Keys. Just curious why exFAT wouldn't be an option in this situation.

As for an actual solution I'd just say use Linux to do it, get a LiveCD ISO work from that, that's what I'd do (if the exFAT thing isn't viable, that is).


After a quick search this might be a possible solution as it can be used from the Command Prompt/command line:

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

(and don't grab the first file at the top, that's the Win GUI version, grab the file about 1/3 of the way down the page)

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I've just bought a Hitachi TOURO 1TB USB3 portable drive as additional storage for my HUMAX FOXSAT HDR.
The FOXSAT wants the drive to be FAT32 or EXT3, so I tried to format it FAT32 on my Win7 PC.

When I right clicked the drive, and tried to format, I was offered only NTFS or exFAT. So I resorted to the FORMAT command.

When the drive was plugged into my spare USB3 port, the format failed almost immediately, saying that the drive had become unavailable or invalid.

So I tried it in a USB2 port (the FOXSAT has only USB2 ports). I tried a FORMAT /Q and was told that the drive was too large for FAT32...

So, now I'm running a full format with FORMAT K: /FS:FAT32 and it has done about 5% in nearly half an hour.

What are my chances that this format will work? And what's that "too large" all about?

Answer:Bizarre errors trying to format 1Tb drive FAT32

Windows will only format fat32 partitions up to 32 GB. So it will fail every time. You need 3rd party help.

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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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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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How do I backup all my data from my Segate HDD if I cant open it with windows, Is there a way to do it without booting Rescue Linux CD?

Everytime I connect my HDD to my computer it asks me to format it. I've attached A Letter drive F: and also in disk manager the format is RAW, and cannot be read as FAT32 like before.

Answer:Just Reformatted to FAT32, This time it asks me to format again

i had the same problem days ago .... ( did your pc shutdown improperly ? ? Or r u using that drive via usb cable???)

WELL i lost my all data . .. i did'nt found any way to recover that data .....
W8 for a pro to read yr thread but i think u just have to format it for reuse

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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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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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Hi im going to be moving files which are 4gb+ from my computer over to my ps3. To do this should I format the usb to FAT32 or NTFS?


Answer:Should I format the flash drives FAT32 or NTFS?

I would choose NTFS.

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Is it safe to convert USB Drive format from FAT32 to NTFS.
Hi tried to transfer a 4.33 GB File to USB Stick,14.5 GB Free Space,
message popped up . File To Large - ....... Is Too Large For This For The Destination File System.
will It still play ok on my built in Tv Media Player.
please advise

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It is a 64 GB Toshiba USB drive (TNU). Problem is that every time I try to format to NTFS the normal way with Windows 7 or Windows 8 I get the message: Windows was unable to complete the format.

I tried to format it using the specific software from the drive manufacturer, TNA.

A friend managed to format it to FAT32, but the next time I tried to access the drive Windows showed a message saying that I needed to format the drive to use it. Then there appeared only the exFAT option.

I also tried some partition software, like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, and it could format to both FAT32 and NTFS, but when I removed and put the USB drive back Windows again warned me about the need to format and again I had only the exFAT option left.

Please, help me with that, it's driving me crazy!


Answer:I need to to format exFAT USB flash drive to NTFS/FAT32

It's possible that the thumb drive itself is defective.

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I have 80GB hard drive in 3 partitions running XP and want to format the disk in order to change drive to Fat32 of 3 partitions. This will allow me to have Win98se installed in 'C' drive. What command lines do I need to use? I have Win98 startup disk and could just dive in, but this is more sensible.

Answer:Format XP NTFS disk to Win98 FAT32 3 partitions

be careful if you have an up to date mobo as some will not allow you to install win98. You could just use the startup disk and use fdisk to partition your hard drive and format. You will of course lose everything that is currently on your hard drive.

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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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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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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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My microSD is stuck on FAT32 file system. When I Plug it in, It does not show any of the stored data and doesn't even open.
I tried formatting it and changing its file system to NTFS by Windows 7 default method (right click > format) but it gives me error
"unable to format".

please suggest me what to do ?
I don't think its physically damaged.

Answer:MicroSD card is in FAT32 | Unable to format or change file system

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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 have a 250gb Maxtor Diamondmax10 SATA harddrive. In windows it only reads/writes up toe 233gb, it shows that thats its limit. In everest and every other diagnostic tool (hell even BIOS!) they all say that its 250GB. Any idea how I can get my other 17GB back??

Answer:250gb HD only gets 233gb on Windows!

Upgrading Service Pack might help.

Also goto disk managment and see if theres any unallocated space.

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Hello i have done this before but i have just bought another hard drive and i can't scramble my brain to how i done it before

it's a HP simplesave however it's been reformatted to NTFS to clear all that HP crap...

i tried some HP tool but it failed and gave me like 39GB space... but that's because i know windows can't format something larger than 39gb or something like that...

anyways i know it can be done but guess i need someone to help me with that

Answer:Need to format my NTTFS 320GB to FAT32, 320GB

Have read of the warning in this tutorial:Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

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Hello folks,
At the risk of sounding thick.
I have a LaCie 500gb formatted with Fat32, this was for use with my PC AND PS3. I have about 150gb used. I now want to back up my pc to make some hardware changes but i cant back this up to my EHD because its formated to fat32. I don't have enough room on my HD to save the data from my EHD, format the EHD to ntfs and save it back.
Is it possible to format an EHD to part fat32 and part ntfs?
Or is my only alternative another EHD?
Thanks for any help

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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've recently purchased a 250gb HDD, USB connection.When I try to transfer files to it, only 4gb is being recognized, the rest is "unallocated".I have tried locating updates or upgrades for my BIOS (Aopen MX4LS), but haven't found any. My chipset is up to date.It doesn't seem to be recognized by my BIOS, but in Windows, it shows the full volume.What can I do, so that I can use it ?

Answer:Windows XP with SP1 not recognizing 250gb HDD spac

What file system is used? If this concerns a slave drive and not a clean Windows XP install, you will have to reformat the HDD first by using Windows disk management.

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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Dear UsersWin Xp is not recognizing 250GB HDD how to make it recognize 250GB HDD and what would be the file system for the partition FAT32 or NTFS (Recognizing means not showing its full size)thanks

Answer:Windows XP Pro and 250GB Western Digital HDD

What do you mean by not recognizing it?The best file system is debatable.I'd recommend NTFS for (supposed) speed benefits over FAT32 and newer features, plus you can use files more than 4Gb in size with it, which you can't with FAT32.Also, I heard Windows XP won't format volumes over a certain size with FAT32, hopefully someone can clarify whether this is right or not.However, NTFS is subject to the "RAW phenomenon".  I don't understand this, but I've seen it mentioned, hopefully someone can explain that too.

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This is my first post on this web site. I certainly not a guru and could use some help of this is the way you ask for it. At 78 I am kind of slow and methodical but am willing to follow detailed instructions as to how to keep my old pc going.

The Windows community has convinced me to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a new 250GB SSD that is replacing my HDD. The C: HDD is getting errors when I use Seagate's SeaTools programs and my PC has really slowed down to a crawl. in trying to repair my C: HDD I have run System File Checker multiple times (no Problems). Checkdisk multiple times /f/r options. it only shows errors on stage 5 of 5 free space verification and correcting errors in the volume bitmap.
My latest Windows Backup on a flash drive and a Windows System image on the External HDD are considered not reliable by the community and they strongly recommend a clean install of Windows 7
I have the WIN 7 DVD with product key that I purchased when I went from XP to Win 7. I have the other SW apps product DVDs. Although I have a Windows Backup and a Windows 7 System Image I have been told, and I believe, that this would be dangerous to use vs doing a clean install. Now that I am convinced to do just that I want to be pro-active in making sure that I do it right.
Is there a step by step process documented anywhere that will take me through this install. I need to save years of data from all of my pc applications, e.g., Quicken, Word, Excel, Adobe, email, etc.
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Answer:clean install of Windows 7 on new 250GB SSD

Quote: Originally Posted by RogerAttila

This is my first post on this web site. I certainly not a guru and could use some help of this is the way you ask for it. At 78 I am kind of slow and methodical but am willing to follow detailed instructions as to how to keep my old pc going.

Hi Roger, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The process of clean installing and restoring your data is quite straight forward. You can use Windows Easy Transfer (WET) to backup your personal data, all your documents, images and such, then clean install and finally retrieve the backed up data again using WET.Step 1: Use WET to transfer your settings and data to an external hard disk or USB drive
Step 2: Clean install Windows 7 on your new SSD
Step 3: Use WET to restore your settings and data
Tutorials:Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
Clean Install Windows 7
If you have any questions or issues either with WET or clean install, please post your questions in respective tutorial thread. Any other concerns, please post here or start a new thread in an appropriate section of our forums.


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i run windows 7 on a core 2 acer pc and pc wont recognise driver of 98 op system

Answer:Windows 7 wont run XP on Maxtor 250GB HDD

?explain yourself clearly - not enough here to understand let alone replyWhy would you need a driver for the 98 OS on windows 7? When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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Hi folks, I bought ThinkPad R61 3 years ago and it has been working perfectly. Last week however I dropped it down and as a result the original HDD is damaged. So I have bought new hard drive - SEAGATE 250GB SATA2/8MB 9.5mm and it turned out that I cannot install Windows XP (neither SP2 nor SP3) on it.The message from the Windows setup is: ?Setup did not find any hard disk drive installed in your computer.? Well, of course before the installation I have partitioned the hard drive (with Partition Magic) ? I have created primary drive, activated it, then I have formatted it.I tried everything I could think of but the result is the same ? Windows XP setup does not recognize the hard drive :-(Unfortunately I do not have recovery disks. Can anybody help me with advice how to get rid of this situation and install the Windows XP on the new SEAGATE drive? Thanks and best regards,Lyubomir


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Answer:Please help, I cannot install Windows XP on a new HDD (SEAGATE 250GB SATA2)

Hello Ipashov, welcome to Lenovo forum!
Please check this thread out and follow the give instructions carefully.

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