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Windows 7: how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

14 Jan 2010   #1
Waqas83

windows 7
 
 
how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

hi,

i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?


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14 Jan 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83 View Post
hi,

i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+
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14 Jan 2010   #3
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Right click my computer>manage>disk management>right click the disk in question click format then change ntfs to fat32 if it allows you, can use fat32 on flash drives usb sticks etc not sure about HDDs though

Be aware that formatting a disk will delete all files on the disk and fat32 cannot support any files larger than 4GB
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14 Jan 2010   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
Right click my computer>manage>disk management>right click the disk in question click format then change ntfs to fat32 if it allows you, can use fat32 on flash drives usb sticks etc not sure about HDDs though

Be aware that formatting a disk will delete all files on the disk and fat32 cannot support any files larger than 4GB
You sure? my disk management snap in only allows NTFS.

K
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14 Jan 2010   #5
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I got a 16GB usb stick that i formatted fat32 so i can transfer music and movies to my PS3 as it doesnt see ntfs so it will do it to some things no sure about larger capacity items like HDDs
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14 Jan 2010   #6
Waqas83

windows 7
 
 

hi thanks for your help but i'll explain a little more.

I would like to format it in FAT32 so that it is then compatible with my ps3 as well.

I understand that windows only formats in FAT32 upto 32GB.

I would also consider making a partition if need be.

If windows 7 will not allow it is there a software i could download which is compatible with windows 7 that could.

Have searched and found a few 3rd party softwares that could help me but are not available for windows 7 (i.e swissknife)

Again thanks for your help
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14 Jan 2010   #7
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

You can try a smaller partition but i dont know if ps3 will read it though, worth a try if thats what you wanna do, post back let us know if it works
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14 Jan 2010   #8
Waqas83

windows 7
 
 

Found a solution!!!!!

Used the following link http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/ind...at32format.htm and the Windows GUI version of fat32format option to format within seconds and now works fine
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14 Jan 2010   #9
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83 View Post
Found a solution!!!!!

Used the following link to format within seconds and now works fine
What link?
Did the PS3 read the drive when connected
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14 Jan 2010   #10
Waqas83

windows 7
 
 

yes, transferred all my videos (over 120GB) and all the ones I've tested about 4 or 5 at random are working absolutely normal.

Will keep you and this thread updated if i encounter any problems.

Thanks again
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