Formatting External HDD To Fat32

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  1. jatt4964

    jatt4964 MDL Novice

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    hi i have a 500gb FreeAgent Pro external HDD

    i need to format it into Fat32, but when i right click and go to format, it only gives ntfs option

    can some1 help ?
     
  2. cupidnior

    cupidnior MDL Novice

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    Windows does not support large FAT32 drive. I forget the largest size for fat32.
    I remember that when I want to format 40 Gb harddisk. It allow only NTFS.

    Sorry for a bad english.:D
     
  3. offon7544

    offon7544 MDL Expert

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    Hi you can use Partition Magic for example to format in FAT32 !
     
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  4. petar

    petar MDL Expert

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    Or you can use DOS..
    Execute format x:
    It will actualy report that it is formating a smaller drive, but everything will be OK.

    Note. X is the drive letter of your external hard drive.
     
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  5. petar

    petar MDL Expert

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    Did you solved your problem. ???
    Couse I can see that other members have provided you with a boundle of solutions and they dont know have you resolved your problem.
    All of this answers are worth nothing without your feedback.
     
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  6. jatt4964

    jatt4964 MDL Novice

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    #8 jatt4964, May 17, 2008
    Last edited: May 17, 2008
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    swiss knife does not work

    btw im using vista home premium sp1
     
  7. solracna

    solracna MDL Member

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    Try plugging your drive in a Windows XP machine and run swissknife there.
    It SHOULD work.
    Solracna
     
  8. petar

    petar MDL Expert

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    #10 petar, May 17, 2008
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  9. jatt4964

    jatt4964 MDL Novice

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    ill try formating from xp system
     
  10. hanzzon2

    hanzzon2 MDL Member

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    Have you tried using the command line format utility instead?

    Format X: /FS:FAT32

    Replace X: with the drive you are formatting of course...