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Needed: Program to format external hdd to FAT32 using Windows 7 64Bit

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I do believe most partition managers can format. But not sure if they run their own, or just execute from the OS. Worth a try though. Alternative: format from another PC then move the USB drive back across.
 

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Acronis Disk Director

Great program, but not free.
 
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Go to the control panel and select "system and security" > click "administrative tools" > click "computer management" > In the left panel click "Disk Management" > Right click on the drive you want to format and select FAT32 as the file system type.

Alternatively you can open a command prompt with administrator privileges and type the following where X: is the drive you want to format.

Code:
format X: /FS:FAT32
For some reason you can't just right click on a drive in Windows Explorer and format it with your desired filesystem like you have in the past. I don't get why unless they're trying to EOL Fat32 since people can use exFAT for portable flash media and NTFS is usually fine for larger external hard drives.
 
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Most hard drive manufactures will have format/partitioning software available on their site for their hard drives.
 

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Acronis Disk Director

Great program, but not free.
FREE if you have a WD drive though. All though i bet some options are missing