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Windows 7: Formatting NTFS ---> FAT32

02 Apr 2011   #1

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Formatting NTFS ---> FAT32

Hi,

I have a NAS that is capable of expanded storage by attaching a USB drive to it : the only catch is that USB drive has to be FAT32. In order to do that, I have to convert (format) my existing NTFS format USB drive to FAT32 format.

I have two questions:

1. Do I use the format command staright from the elevated CMD prompt, or the format command from within DISKPART? Or are they actually the same thing?

2. In Computer Management, do I have to turn the disk "Offline" prior to running the formatting proceed?

I plan on running the CLEAN ALL command from within DISKPART to wipe the USB drive prior to formatting it using Brink's tutorial (Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command)

Thanks,
Golden

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02 Apr 2011   #2
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Hello Golden,

If you are able to, you could format the USB drive while in Windows 7 from the Computer window or in Disk Management by right clicking on the USB drive, click on Format, and selecting FAT32 (File system) to format it as.
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02 Apr 2011   #3

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Hi Brink,

There isn't a FAT32 or exFAT option under the right-click Format drop-down box - it currently states NTFS(Default).

I think the only way is via CMD or DISKPART? I was going to use:

Code:
format g: /FS:FAT32 /P:1 /X
Regards,
Golden
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02 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2
 
 

A little tool i like to use for this kind of thing is FAT32Format which has always worked well for me. Has a very simple GUI for windows.

You can also use the command prompt module to preform the format, this a link to the guide. The good thing about it is that fat32format can format drives up to 2TB.
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02 Apr 2011   #5
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Golden,

That would work in a command prompt in Widows 7 as well, but you needed to have the /X in front of /P:1 instead.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...30(WS.10).aspx
Code:
FORMAT volume [/FS:file-system] [/V:label] [/Q] [/A:size] [/C] [/X] [/P:passes] [/S:state]

format g: /FS:FAT32 /X /P:1
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02 Apr 2011   #6

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Thanks Brink, and thanks Clinkz for the link to that handy tool.

Brink: /P:1 is the same as CLEAN ALL in DISKPART? Running 1 pass of zero's across the disk?
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02 Apr 2011   #7

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
Does the USB drive actually have to be FAT32 formatted --I thought most modern drives can use NTFS and even if you share this drive with Linux , modern Linux distros don't have any problem with READ and WRITE of NTFS formatted files.


Edit -- misread the post -- it appears the NAS system needs the FAT32 format not the USB drive per se. My error.

Cheers
jimbo
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02 Apr 2011   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Thanks Brink, and thanks Clinkz for the link to that handy tool.

Brink: /P:1 is the same as CLEAN ALL in DISKPART? Running 1 pass of zero's across the disk?
Not exactly.

"Clean all" will delete all volumes/partitions on a disk first, then writes zero on every sector on the disk one time.

"/P:1" will only write zero on every sector on the specified volume/partition on the disk 1 (amount specified) times.
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02 Apr 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
it appears the NAS system needs the FAT32 format not the USB drive per se.
Thats correct : the NAS (Thecus N2200) requires the USB drive to be FAT32.
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02 Apr 2011   #10

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Thanks Brink.
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