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external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

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    Craig008 Guest

    external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    i am having a problem with formating a couple of external HDDs to FAT for use
    with PS3, vista will only allow me to format them to NTFS, is there another
    way of formating them
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    grapes

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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    Edit by dmex:


    Vista can format using FAT/FAT32 and it works with any USB device of ANY size using DOS...

    just type format /FS:FAT32 x:

    replace x with the drive letter and Vista will format the device without any issues.

    Last edited by dmex; 25 Jul 2008 at 09:57.
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    Craig008 Guest

    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    cool thanks for that, i will just use many partitions, for different things i
    think, 32gb is big enough for most and i will have more than one so it will
    be OK. thanks for your help

    grapes

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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    Be aware that FAT32 also has a limit to the largest file size (4 GB). When
    formatting external drives that need to be shared with devices that don't
    work with NTFS I usually make one or two 32 GB FAT32 partitions then format
    the rest of the drive as NTFS. This allows me to store files larger than 4
    GB on the drive. This is useful for backups, video files, etc.

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    Donald L McDaniel Guest

    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    Make your partitions SMALLER than 32GB, and you will be able to format them as
    FAT/FAT32.

    This is because Vista will NOT allow one to create a FAT32 partition LARGER than
    32GB.

    Sorry, friend.

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    Carlos Guest

    RE: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    This is the tool you are looking for:
    CompuApps SwissKnife V3.22
    http://www.compuapps.com/Download/sw...swissknife.htm
    It will allow you to format jumbo size partitions in FAT32.
    Carlos

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    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    This is a old thread but all this wrong infomation must be cleared up....

    Vista can format using FAT/FAT32 and it works with any USB device of ANY size using DOS...

    just type format /FS:FAT32 x:

    replace x with the drive letter and Vista will format the device without any issues.


    Steven

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    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    How do you fat32 format a Notebook 160GB HDD in an external case? I tried the cmd method above and after it formatted for over an hour it said it was to large.

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    PaulM Guest

    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    You can not format a drive over 32 Gb in Fat 32.
    You have to format in NTFS.

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    Uwe Sieber Guest

    Re: external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

    Double wrote:
    How do you fat32 format a Notebook 160GB HDD in an external case? I
    tried the cmd method above and after it formatted for over an hour it
    said it was to large.


    Confirmed. In fact it was read testing the sourface. Before
    it comes to the real format action, it cancels.

    For formatting drives >32GB with FAT32 an external
    tool is required.
    http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbtrouble_e.html#format_fat32


    Uwe

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