NTFS to FAT32 Formatting

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Zachary Hunt, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Zachary Hunt

    Zachary Hunt Guest

    I have a portable hard drive that has a card reader attached also, it is for
    downloading my mCF cards form my camera and should be formatted to FAT32.
    A friend borrewed it andformatted it to NTFS and i can't seem to find how to
    reformat it to FAT32. Any sugestions greatfully recieved.

    Kind Regards
    Zachary Hunt, Oct 7, 2007
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  2. Zachary Hunt

    Malke Guest

    Back up any data on the drive and either use Disk Management to reformat
    it while it is attached to the computer or use the drive mftr.'s
    software to format it.

    Malke, Oct 7, 2007
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  3. Zachary Hunt

    Zachary Hunt Guest

    Thank you Malke for your advice, the problem is my computer only has the NTFS
    option to format through the disk management and the drive didn't come with
    any software. I have contacted the manufacture but no reply over the weekend.

    Kind Regards
    Zachary Hunt, Oct 7, 2007
  4. Zachary Hunt

    Dave Guest

    You should be able to format the card in your camera.
    Dave, Oct 7, 2007
  5. Am I correct ing assuming your external drive is larger than ~30Gb?

    Vista and XP will only permit FAT32 formatting of drives that are around
    30Gb or less.

    If you can get access to a Windows 98 machine then format the drive with

    If you do not have access to a Win98 box then :-

    1. Remove the drive from the enclosure
    2. Turn off your computer
    3. Totally disconnect your computer's HDD/s (This is for safeties sake to
    stop you from formatting your machines drives by mistake)
    4. Connect the HDD from the enclosure to your motherboard and power supply
    5. Obtain a Win98 boot floppy ( http://www.bootdisk.com )
    6. Boot your computer from the floppy disk
    7.Run FDISK and delete the partion
    8. Reboot from the floppy
    9. Format the HDD with the FORMAT command
    10. Turn off the machine
    11. Remove the HDD and replace it in the enclosure
    12. Reconnect your internal HDDs
    13 Do not lend the external drive to your "Friend"
    GreenieLeBrun, Oct 8, 2007
  6. Zachary Hunt

    Zachary Hunt Guest

    Hi Greenie,

    Thank you win98 did it,
    I have taken note of step 13 and embedded it to memory.

    Kind Regards
    Zachary Hunt, Oct 8, 2007
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    Don S. Guest

    To format Western Digital portable drives in FAT32, they have a great
    free utility that does it for you http://support.wdc.com/download/external/ExtFat32.zip.

    Don S.
    Don S., Oct 12, 2007
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