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Windows 7: Formatting older FAT32 (not LBA) in Windows 7

31 Aug 2013   #1
jpe1313

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Formatting older FAT32 (not LBA) in Windows 7

Thanks in advance.

For compatibility with a really old system I need to be able to format FAT32 (fdisk type "b") not what Windows 7 does (fdisk type "c"). This is for a compact flash.

Is there a way to do this on my machine so I can remain compatible? I can do it in Linux but I don't always have access to a Linux machine.


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31 Aug 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

How about a dedicated partition program like Partition Wizard? You could ask on their forum if it goes back that far. It has a reputation as among the best at its job. The iso download is a free but complete program. No features that are not enabled.
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31 Aug 2013   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What exactly are you trying to format ? The hard drive you want to install a system on, or merely a flash drive ?

You should have no problems formatting a flash drive to FAT32, in fact I believe they all come this way.
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31 Aug 2013   #4
jpe1313

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
How about a dedicated partition program like Partition Wizard? You could ask on their forum if it goes back that far. It has a reputation as among the best at its job. The iso download is a free but complete program. No features that are not enabled.
Thanks - tried Partition Wizard and if I do "fdisk on my Linux machine the type is FAT32 (LBA)"
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31 Aug 2013   #5
jpe1313

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What exactly are you trying to format ? The hard drive you want to install a system on, or merely a flash drive ?

I'm formatting a compact flash to be used in an embedded system. It needs to have the "b" type of format (straight FAT32) not the FAT32 LBA (fdisk "c" type).

You should have no problems formatting a flash drive to FAT32, in fact I believe they all come this way.
Yes, I can format it to FAT32. And yes they do come formatted. Thanks.
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