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Windows 7: Format to Fat32 for 250Gb in windows 7

22 May 2010   #1

Format HDD to Fat32 for 250Gb in windows 7

i need to format HDD to fat32 for a movie player standalone....win7 is formatting to some funny format and making my hdd drive click in the player.

what do i do to format to fat32 and what cluster size , ty

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22 May 2010   #2

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

Hi ollie007

Welcome to SevenForums
Are you having issues converting media (video) to a standalone player (format) or do you want to convert the data (video) to fat32 format?

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22 May 2010   #3


no, i just need to format the harddisk LOL !!! windows 7 has eFat or some rubbish format, and M$ disabled formatting fat32 beyond 32Gb since Xp
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22 May 2010   #4

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

Hi ollie007

Thanks for the clarification.
Windows 7 uses NTFS format - and the NTFS format was first introduced, as the standard, with Windows XP.
You can find some of the information in relation to the formats here - NTFS vs FAT32 or here

Shawn of Seven Forums has a tutorial here on how to convert FAT or FAT32 volumes to NTFS, should you need to do that

Hope this helps and keep us posted on your progress

Thanks and regards
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22 May 2010   #5


GOOD grief charlie brown !!! i want fat32 !!!! will the fatheads at M$ allow me to do what i want when i want it lol
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22 May 2010   #6

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)


Unfortunately, I don't think there's a way out other than reading FAT32 format

Hope things work out and regards
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22 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

1) Click on Start Button -> type cmd.exe in the search box -> right click on CMD to get an Administrator Command Line. If prompted, press Yes or enter administrative credentials in the UAC pop-up box.

At the command line prompt, type:

format <drive letter>: /FS:FAT32

Then hit Enter.

2) Another solution is the command-line program fat32format.exe available here:

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

It is only capable of quick formats (no zeroing/checking), but it is very fast.
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