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Old 03-11-2012, 18:10
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I bought an external hard drive that's in NTFS but I need it to be in FAT32 so I can use it with my multi-media player.

I've downloaded software but I am only given the options to format C Drive and I do not want to do that.

Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-11-2012, 18:18
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This might be useful:
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/comp...ive-to-fat-32/
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Old 03-11-2012, 18:21
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Old 03-11-2012, 19:44
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I've tried some software on there and it didn't work either.
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Old 03-11-2012, 20:33
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You could try this - http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_4924445_fo...drive-fat.html
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Old 03-11-2012, 21:37
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I used http://www.partition-tool.com/ to do the job for a mate a while back.. give it a spin
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Old 03-11-2012, 23:42
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This simple tool does the job without any fuss:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...mat-Tool.shtml
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Old 03-11-2012, 23:45
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surely the inbuilt format command will do the job "format x: /FS:fat32" where x: is the drive letter of the drive
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Old 04-11-2012, 00:09
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I used this program recently to format an external drive to FAT32:-

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/ind...?guiformat.htm
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Old 04-11-2012, 00:24
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surely the inbuilt format command will do the job "format x: /FS:fat32" where x: is the drive letter of the drive
I was thinking that too. OP, can't you just right-click on the drive in My Computer and then "Format"?
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:14
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I was thinking that too. OP, can't you just right-click on the drive in My Computer and then "Format"?
Using that method, Windows XP and later won't offer FAT32 as a format option if the volume is larger than 32GB.

The command-line format tool is an option, but also has problems reporting volumes being too large, and is also staggeringly slow. Hence the recommendation of third-party utilities.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:33
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Using that method, Windows XP and later won't offer FAT32 as a format option if the volume is larger than 32GB.

The command-line format tool is an option, but also has problems reporting volumes being too large, and is also staggeringly slow. Hence the recommendation of third-party utilities.
I'm still on XP and have only ever formatted from FAT to NTFS but I do remember reading it was a one way ticket and you couldn't go back using Windows.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:52
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I've always used this - http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/

Never had a problem with it and often use it to get hard drives recognized by the PS3,
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:14
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Using that method, Windows XP and later won't offer FAT32 as a format option if the volume is larger than 32GB.

The command-line format tool is an option, but also has problems reporting volumes being too large, and is also staggeringly slow. Hence the recommendation of third-party utilities.
Ah right, I didn't know that - thanks
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