Fat32

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by micky1punch, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. micky1punch

    micky1punch MDL Junior Member

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    I need to format a 1.5Tb external harddrive in FAT32 so that it can be used on a mac (read/write).
    Im aware there may be applications to make the mac support NTFS, but as its not my mac, or somebody who would be confident messing about, i would rather format in FAT32.

    Does anyone know a method of doing this in Windows 7?

    Thanks
     
  2. urie

    urie Moderator
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    You can't your drive is to large.

     
  3. Bloodbat

    Bloodbat MDL Novice

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    It seems Win 7 doesn't allow to format for any other filesystem than NTFS with certain size drives (and with good reason, but that's another story), so you can try several paid for utils like Paragon Partition Manager, or you can download the Ubuntu Live CD, boot from it and format the disk there.
     
  4. Bloodbat

    Bloodbat MDL Novice

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    Yes, you can, in THEORY FAT32 allows up to 4tb (though, it seems only 2 would be visible)
     
  5. micky1punch

    micky1punch MDL Junior Member

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    if it could not be done, i wouldnt be asking...

    i have one already formated in FAT32 (i didnt format it, so dont know how it was done)

    anybody?
     
  6. micky1punch

    micky1punch MDL Junior Member

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    is there a free utility that you klnow of? i only want to do this once for a friend....
     
  7. Phazor

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  8. HSChronic

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    the gparted live CD should be able to do it. GParted Live is like Acronis Disk Director or Paragon's.
     
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  10. Bloodbat

    Bloodbat MDL Novice

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    I did post a free collection of utils Ubuntu :p.
     
  11. Gigahertz20

    Gigahertz20 MDL Junior Member

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    Just remember this:

    You cannot create a file larger than (2^32)-1 bytes (this is one byte less than 4 GB) on a FAT32 partition.



    So if your friend tries to transfer any file that is larger then 4GB to his 1.5TB external hard drive, it will not transfer. That is a huge downside....hopefully he has nothing but small files < 4GB that he is going to put on there.

    I would never format a large hard drive FAT32, forget about putting large ISO files and big movie files on there.
     
  12. frwil

    frwil MDL Addicted

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    What about FreeDOS? Didn't check it recently, so don't know how it's format utility works with large partitions, but since Dell/HP pre-install FreeDOS often on new machines, probably it should do the job.
     
  13. micky1punch

    micky1punch MDL Junior Member

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    thats a good point, i was going to put loads of movies on for hium but alot are 6 gig or more (x264) i think ill leave it as NTFS and let him worry about it on his mac!!

    thanks to all of you for helping do appreciate it!