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Old 20-09-2013, 23:44
TheVoid
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Hi, I am about to receive another Samsung M3 1TB drive.

These seem to be pre-installed with a load of software. When you plug it in via USB, it shows up a Samsung icon rather than a standard drive.

I presume if I right click it and do a quick format, it'll erase that icon and it'll be just like any other external drive?

How would I then change it to FAT32? Is it even possible with this kind of drive? i.e. Samsung?

I received one of these drives today and I suspect it was faulty as I tried formatting it and ever since, it just crashes and you can't do anything with it.

Thanks
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Old 21-09-2013, 00:06
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If its a Windows PC you are plugging it into you need to use a 3rd party program to reformat the drive as FAT32. Something like the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool should do the trick
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Old 22-09-2013, 10:02
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The problem is that fat32 was never designed for large drives, certainly not 1TB ones, so you do need a third party bit of software.
I have used Paragon in the past to partition and change from NTFS to fat32 and it is free.
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Old 22-09-2013, 11:35
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That picture is stored somewhere on the disk itself, where exactly is written in autorun.inf file in the disk's root. Delete everything from the disc that was already on it including the inf file. You may need to uninstall the disk in device manager and install it again in case that picture is cached somewhere.
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Old 22-09-2013, 12:02
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there is a format utility available directly from samsung customer support that will reformat drive to FAT32 ... think my s2's came with it on the drive as an optional install in a folder

will be no problems formatting a 1gig drive (32gig limit for re-formatting -- a few terabytes seems possible out of box?), fat32 has weaknesses like inability to transfer large files (>4gig) & a shorter file name ceiling -- only use it if you have to
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Old 22-09-2013, 13:47
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Hi, I am about to receive another Samsung M3 1TB drive.

These seem to be pre-installed with a load of software. When you plug it in via USB, it shows up a Samsung icon rather than a standard drive.

I presume if I right click it and do a quick format, it'll erase that icon and it'll be just like any other external drive?

How would I then change it to FAT32? Is it even possible with this kind of drive? i.e. Samsung?

I received one of these drives today and I suspect it was faulty as I tried formatting it and ever since, it just crashes and you can't do anything with it.

Thanks
Any reason it must be FAT32?
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