Formatting hard drive to FAT32

By bbqchip
Mar 18, 2008
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  1. Hi I just got a 500gb external hard drive and its in NTFS. How do I format it to FAT32?
    I'm using window xp home.

    Thank You
  2. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    the dvd player has a usb so i can plug the hard drive to it.
  3. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    Yes OK, that is kinda what I said but what makes you think that because theres a USB it's for a HDD? and what do you wish to accomplish with a the FAT32 HDD and the DVD player?
  4. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    yeah what syndr0me said its for watching movie the dvd player can read dixv. It work with my 1gb usb and its a FAT32 plus i read reviews saying the dvd player cant read NTFS
  5. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    OK, simple. If its pluged with by USB wire, it should appear in your "My computer" just like a sort a USB drive.

    Just right click it, then click format. Choose FAT32 and wait.

    It should then now be FAT32, just drag and drop files into the Drive folder like if it where a USB stick.

    I think thats what you are looking for.

    Cheers

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    Tmagic650

    What are you talking about? that is hes problem. Read carefully please. He dosent want to install windows on it, he just wants to use it as a mobile video storage devie... or thats what i understoog lol

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  6. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    k thanks syndr0me ill try that
  7. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

  8. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    k i right click on the drive, click on format, but i can only select NTFS
  9. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    oh yea i tried using Run
    format G: /FS:FAT32

    but after it completed formatting its still NTFS. Oo
  10. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    I don't now much about FAT32, but I think the drive is to big to be portioned that way. Theres a limit to FAT32

    But 200gb in my xbox is FAT32 so I really don't know.
  11. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    im using Window Xp Home Sp2
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,682   +153

    "I'm running Vista so I only have NTFS as an option"...

    I think the XBox uses a proprietary format under FAT32, so it's the XBox that handels the format. Your DVD player might have a similar option under Options in it's setup utility. Now I think we are all on the same page here
  13. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    He said he tried and it did not work or thats what a site said.
  14. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    I think you need a partition tool. Like when your in the windows installation menu, it asked you for FAT or NTFS. try to broswe the forums for these of topics.
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,682   +153

    "I think the XBox uses a proprietary format under FAT32, so it's the XBox that handels the format. Your DVD player might have a similar option under Options in it's setup utility. Now I think we are all on the same page here..."

    syndr0me,
    I edited this post after you made your "He said he tried and it did not work or thats what a site said"... comment. What about tying this?
  16. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    It's possible. Check your DVD Player options for Drive settings.
  17. bbqchip

    bbqchip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    nope only recognize FAT32
  18. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    Then your going to have to find a tool to format drives into a FAT32.
     
  19. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

  20. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,286   +281

    Very good -- we finally arrived at the issue;

    XP (Vista) will not format FAT32 for more than 32gb. Larger sizes are possible,
    just not using MS software :)

    If you have access to Win/98se or any Linux system, these will do the job.
    (Linux calls it vfat)
  21. syndr0me

    syndr0me Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    Oh and my xbox uses a all of my 200gb in its formated into FatX... dunno if its the same has FAT32
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