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external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

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Craig008

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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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Kerry Brown

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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.
 
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Craig008

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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

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Kerry Brown

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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

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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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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.


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Double

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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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Uwe Sieber

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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


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02abarks

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the best way for you to format to fat32 is to use a third party program
i have used EASEUS Partition Master 4.0 Home Edition and it does it in the blink of an eye
 

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