external HDD format to FAT/FAT32

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Craig008, Dec 16, 2007.

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    Craig008 Guest

    i am having a problem with formating a couple of external HDDs to FAT for use
    with PS3, vista will only allow me to format them to NTFS, is there another
    way of formating them
    Craig008, Dec 16, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Kerry Brown, Dec 16, 2007
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    Craig008 Guest

    cool thanks for that, i will just use many partitions, for different things i
    think, 32gb is big enough for most and i will have more than one so it will
    be OK. thanks for your help
    Craig008, Dec 16, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Be aware that FAT32 also has a limit to the largest file size (4 GB). When
    formatting external drives that need to be shared with devices that don't
    work with NTFS I usually make one or two 32 GB FAT32 partitions then format
    the rest of the drive as NTFS. This allows me to store files larger than 4
    GB on the drive. This is useful for backups, video files, etc.

    Kerry Brown
    Microsoft MVP - Shell/User

    Kerry Brown, Dec 16, 2007
  5. Make your partitions SMALLER than 32GB, and you will be able to format them as

    This is because Vista will NOT allow one to create a FAT32 partition LARGER than

    Sorry, friend.
    Donald L McDaniel, Dec 16, 2007
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    Carlos Guest

    Carlos, Dec 17, 2007
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    Craig008 Guest

    Craig008, Dec 20, 2007
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    dmex Guest

    This is a old thread but all this wrong infomation must be cleared

    Vista can format using FAT/FAT32 and it works with any USB device of
    ANY size using DOS...

    just type *format /FS:FAT32 x:*

    replace x with the drive letter and Vista will format the device
    without any issues.



    dmex, Jul 25, 2008
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    Double Guest

    How do you fat32 format a Notebook 160GB HDD in an external case?
    tried the cmd method above and after it formatted for over an hour i
    said it was to large
    Double, Aug 15, 2008
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    PaulM Guest

    You can not format a drive over 32 Gb in Fat 32.
    You have to format in NTFS.
    PaulM, Aug 15, 2008
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    Uwe Sieber Guest

    Confirmed. In fact it was read testing the sourface. Before
    it comes to the real format action, it cancels.

    For formatting drives >32GB with FAT32 an external
    tool is required.

    Uwe Sieber, Aug 15, 2008
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    02abarks Guest

    the best way for you to format to fat32 is to use a third party program

    i have used EASEUS Partition Master 4.0 Home Edition and it does it in
    the blink of an eye
    02abarks, Jun 23, 2009
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