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Old 07-04-2006, 04:44 AM
IH-Rameen IH-Rameen is offline
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Format as FAT32

I have a spare seagate hard drive (80gig), and decided to buy an enclosure for it to use it externally. Before I did so, I wanted to format the drive. However, in Windows when I choose to format the drive, it only gives me the option to format it as NTFS. Currently the filesystem on all my hard drives are FAT32, but for some reason, just this one hard drive, it won't let me reformat using FAT32, but only NTFS.

For the other hard drives, it lets me format with either FAT32 or NTFS..

Anyone have any ideas how to format this drive using FAT32?

Thanks in advance..

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Old 07-04-2006, 05:02 AM
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How about a Dos boot disk?

Or if you have a bootable linux cd try using that.

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Old 07-04-2006, 10:05 AM
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Your partition is too big, the XP format only supports FAT32 in partitions up to 32GB. So your choices are to partition up the 80GB drive and use XP's format to create the FAT32 file system, or use a third party program to create a larger FAT32 partition such as Partition Magic, Acronis Disk Director, or Ranish Partition Manager (free).

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Old 07-04-2006, 01:42 PM
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Posts: 4,849 This page has a utility that should help. You can make the partition bigger than 32Gb, but you'll lose even more space from the larger block size, so I'd stick with 32Gb or smaller.

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Old 07-04-2006, 03:05 PM
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I highly reccommend a program called BootIt, run the program and it installs onto a floppy disk. Boot from the disk, and it allows you to do all sorts to your Hard Drives. You can partition and format and nearly every kind of format. I've been using it for years and its great.


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