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Windows 7: Bizarre errors trying to format 1Tb drive FAT32

05 Apr 2013   #1
swiftie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Bizarre errors trying to format 1Tb drive FAT32

I've just bought a Hitachi TOURO 1TB USB3 portable drive as additional storage for my HUMAX FOXSAT HDR.
The FOXSAT wants the drive to be FAT32 or EXT3, so I tried to format it FAT32 on my Win7 PC.

When I right clicked the drive, and tried to format, I was offered only NTFS or exFAT. So I resorted to the FORMAT command.

When the drive was plugged into my spare USB3 port, the format failed almost immediately, saying that the drive had become unavailable or invalid.

So I tried it in a USB2 port (the FOXSAT has only USB2 ports). I tried a FORMAT /Q and was told that the drive was too large for FAT32...

So, now I'm running a full format with FORMAT K: /FS:FAT32 and it has done about 5% in nearly half an hour.

What are my chances that this format will work? And what's that "too large" all about?


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05 Apr 2013   #2
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

Windows will only format fat32 partitions up to 32 GB. So it will fail every time. You need 3rd party help.
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05 Apr 2013   #3
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

yes correct as stated above. NTFS is better and is more secure so I would go with NTFS. There probably is 3rd party software out there to do it. But heh it is your device
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05 Apr 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The FOXSAT wants the drive to be FAT32 or EXT3, so he tried to format it FAT32 on his Windows 7 PC.

Is this something like what you own ?

http://www.trustedreviews.com/humax-...top-box_review
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05 Apr 2013   #5
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi download this little Tool should be able to create a FAT32 with your 1TB drive.

Verbatim FAT32 Tool

download
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05 Apr 2013   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And just like that he`s offline
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05 Apr 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I not very knowledgeable about such things but I do wonder why a hard drive would require Fat 32.
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05 Apr 2013   #8
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

HD Recorders don't read NTFS FAT32 is universall . Could be read on Windows and Mac OSes
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05 Apr 2013   #9
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Use Partition Wizard to format partition as FAT32
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05 Apr 2013   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I not very knowledgeable about such things but I do wonder why a hard drive would require Fat 32.
The FOXSAT wants the drive to be FAT32 or EXT3, so he tried to format it FAT32 on his Windows 7 PC.

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