External hdd resists format as ntfs

By bjcrosby
Jan 15, 2008
  1. Hi Guys

    I have an 80Gb USB external Fujitsu HDD. This came formatted as FAT32. It began to gave me trouble as it approached the FAT32 limit of 32Gb. I have backed up all the files off it so its contents are now of no value. If I format d: /fs:ntfs it fails with faulty partition table - or words to that effect.

    If I try the equivalent function in Win XP it freezes.

    What do you technical giants suggest as a solution?


  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Yes you need to remove the partition not format (that comes later)
  3. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    you should use a partitioning software to do that.
    first delete the existing partition
    then create a new one with the ntfs file system
    and then format it

    a good and free software is gparted live cd. you need to download and burn it to a cd. then boot your computer with it and do the 3 steps mentioned above.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    There's no 32GB limit on FAT32, it's just that Windows XP (& probably Windows Vista) will refuse to format a partition in FAT32 if it larger than 32GB. Other partitioning software such as Partition Magic can format it in FAT32 beyond 32GB easily. One limitation of FAT32 that does exist is a file size limit of 4GB.

    Have you tried converting the partition in NTFS rather than formating it ?
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