NTFS to fat 32 formatting

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  1. BigCol

    BigCol MDL Member

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    Need to format an external HDD to fat 32 on windows 7. I dont have to to go thorugh cmd promot to format it that way, I need something quicker. Help. Any help with this will be very much appreciated (as it always is)
     
  2. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    Right clic on the drive and select format. :eek:
     
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  3. BigCol

    BigCol MDL Member

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    I want to format it to fat32, you dont have the option of fat32, the only options are exfat and ntfs
     
  4. urie

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    You need to use third party tools windows cannot format drives larger than 32GB to fat 32.
     
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  6. BigCol

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    #6 BigCol, May 23, 2013
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    Ive used EaseUS Partition Master 9 and im now on fat 32 on a 500gb external hdd BUT, its gone from 465Gb usable down to a 2.7gb, Im struggling with this, is there anyway to put it back to 500 gb (465gb)? Help. Any help with this will b e very much appreciated
     
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  9. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    I don't understand why you didn't use eFat?!

    Anyway, if you used EaseUS 9 and it didn't done the job, you'd done something wrong. I use the EaseUS 9 Server Edition and it does Fat32 partitioning and formatting with nor problems and the available space is near the same as in NTFS! Also formatted an external USB 3.0 Acer 500GB HDD to FAT32 with EaseUS and NO PROBLEM!
     
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  10. BigCol

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    How can I restore the full amount of space on my hdd? Its shrunk to 2.7gbs. I must have done something in EaseUS but not sure what.:eek:
     
  11. urie

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    Run EaseUS again and delete all existing partitions so you have just one unallocated disk then make partition. A screen shot would help so we can see what's going on.
     
  12. BigCol

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    This is a nightmare. I sorted the full space (465GB) of the 500bg hdd then reformatted it to fat32 the space available is now 43.gb. HELP!!!!!
     
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  14. BigCol

    BigCol MDL Member

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    I think I've realised what the problem is. I think its my hard drive case. The micro usb connector is very loose and when I shone my maglite into my hdd housing, I could make out that something wasnt right. Ive now taken my hdd out of the caddy and will throw it into my desktop. If it is the case, I'll buy a replacement off ebay.
     
  15. pisthai

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    Try one thing: use an Contact Cleaner for Electronics like Kontakt60 or 61, EL-MECH or some like that and spray the contacts of Case and Cables for to get dust out and clean. May that will do the job.

    DO NOT use "normal" Contact Cleaner which is used for "heavy" works, must be for Electronic's!
     
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