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

Discussion in 'Storage' started by HookeyStreet, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. HookeyStreet

    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    Im looking for a program that my m8 can use to do the above but I cant find one :(

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
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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.

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    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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    FREE if you have a WD drive though. All though i bet some options are missing
     
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