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

14 Jan 2010   #11

windows 7

P.S. you have to create certain folders on the hard drive - Picture, Music and Video and transfer files appropriately for it to work properly

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14 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83 View Post
P.S. you have to create certain folders on the hard drive - Picture, Music and Video and transfer files appropriately for it to work properly
That sounds right - the PSP had a similar structure.
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09 Aug 2010   #13


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

Used the following link Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd and the Windows GUI version of fat32format option to format within seconds and now works fine
You are the MAN!!!!
Worked great.
I called Toshiba today and they told me to send the 1.5tb external drive back to them for warrenty work. I tried to format it to NTFS and FAT32 but nothing worked. I tried XP and Vista. Your Link worked in just a few seconds. Now wish me luck converting the FAT to NTFS.
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06 Nov 2012   #14

windows 8 pro x64

does this work on windows 8 too or is there any other way on windows 8
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09 Mar 2013   #15

Windows 7 Premium Home 64bit

Just to add to this for anyone stumbling upon it, open a command prompt and use "format". Type format/? for options, good old dos days :)

Format d: /FS:fat32

it's slow but it gets there.
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22 Mar 2013   #16

windows 8 pro

Hi, I can confirm this works with Windows 8, I wanted to backup my PS3 to a HDD and found that I had to format it as FAT32.

I had to go to disk management, delete the volume and re-create it (but don't format it). Then run the fat32format utility from the link and it worked.

Cheers guys!
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28 Jun 2016   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Hello, i have problem i put usb on my pc and then i press right click format as fat 32 and then format complete then i download rufus and windows 7 home premium 32 bit then i select iso on rufus and select ntfs instead fat32 and my pc has problem how to fix the problem?
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28 Jun 2016   #18

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You do not need to format the stick, rufus will do that when you burn the windows 7 iso file to it.

Try again

Where did you download the Windows 7 HP 32 Bit iso file from ?

Please post the link.
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28 Jun 2016   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Windows 7 Home Premium ISO download - PC River
I need format usb with rufus and rufus don't accept when return of ntfs to fat32 because my pc has problem, also when i am on internet don't save passwords. When i had formated usb with rufus fat32 my pc hadn't problems. Also i will try with power iso.
My usb is 8gb
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29 Jun 2016   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83 View Post

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?
Why you want to do that, isn't important, but what is important is that Windows will not do that, because ever since Win 98, it thinks that every hard drive should be formatted NTFS.

However every Hard Drive Manager program that I'm familiar with will do that for you. No big deal.

Personally I use "EaseUS Partition Manager" and I've formatted a lot of hard drives with it, in the FAT-32 format. It's a piece of cake.

Cheers mate,
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