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Old 09-05-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default Win7, format, fat32....

I am trying to format an external 500GB to fat32, but Win7 does not give me the option.
It only gives me NTFS and exFAT. I need fat32 for a PS3 backup utility. And I did try the exFAT, but my PS3 did not see it.

options?
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

Windows itself does not nativly support the creation of FAT32 partitions in a size that large. Going completely off of memory here, I think it limits the partition to 40GB. However, if you have a utility like G-Parted create and format the partition for you, you can make it up to the limits of FAT32 which is 2TB (if wikipedia is correct).

Since you are working with an external drive, you could try a program called IFS Drives available at Ext2 IFS For Windows. It's been a while since I used it so I don't remember if it can be used to actually create the partitions or not, but it could save you the trouble of finding something that is bootable.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

1. Find old thumb drive (as small as 128mb)
2. Download Gparted (Thank you for downloading GParted LiveCD from CNET Download.com)
3. Burn it to optical media (Thumb drive unnecessary if you use this method) or…
4. Download UnetBootin (Download UNetbootin, Universal Netboot Installer from SourceForge.net)
a. UnetBootin is quite a simple tool. Start UnetBootin  select the “Diskimage” radio button  make sure ISO is selected  browse to the download destination of gparted-live-0.9.x-x.iso and select it  make sure usb drive is selected/inserted  make sure your old thumb drive is selected  hit okay and next a few times.
b. Allow this process to run…can take a while some times.
c. When it is completed you will have a bootable gparted thumb drive.
5. When this is finished you can reboot and in your bios boot priority move your gparted drive to first priority. This will boot the utility when you reboot your rig. When it loads it’ll look like a type of linux gui.
6. Double click the partition editor(could be called something else but you’ll know)
7. On the device dropdown find the drive you want formatted (your 500gb drive) and find the device tag. It’ll most likely be named sda, sdb, sdc…sdx. You will use this in your terminal window.
8. (This is the drive destroyer step – it will wipe the drive totally to zeros including wiping the partition table/mbr. If this step is not allowed to finish you may not like what you’re left with) Switch over to terminal. Type dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdx bs=1M. (where sdx is the tag you’ve retrieved from the partition editor) Bye Bye data.
9. Go back to the partition editor. Refresh devices. You’ll notice the device you are looking to format will be accompanied by a grey box (where accompanied by a box of some other color before) and a triangular exclamation sign. This drive needs a new partition table written to it before we can format it.
10. Go to the menu bar and select Device  Create partition table. Default settings will be fine (msdos table type). Click apply. (exclamation sign is gone now) Now you’re ready to partition.
11. In partition editor click the drive you’d like to format and click new.
12. Fill in your desired label in the label box.
13. Select FAT32 filesystem.
14. Click okay and then click apply at the top.
I really enjoy fixes that grant me a new tool to use in the future. This should accomplish that. Gparted is a great utility so I hope if you decide to go this complex route you find it as useful as I do.
Be very careful you don’t mistype ANYTHING while in the terminal. You don’t want to delete anything that you don’t want to delete…am I right? If you feel uncomfortable bone up on this process by searching for videos, there are plenty.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

this does not support Win7

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Windows itself does not nativly support the creation of FAT32 partitions in a size that large. Going completely off of memory here, I think it limits the partition to 40GB. However, if you have a utility like G-Parted create and format the partition for you, you can make it up to the limits of FAT32 which is 2TB (if wikipedia is correct).

Since you are working with an external drive, you could try a program called IFS Drives available at Ext2 IFS For Windows. It's been a while since I used it so I don't remember if it can be used to actually create the partitions or not, but it could save you the trouble of finding something that is bootable.
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

It just hasn't been updated. I'm running it on my Enterprise x64 and Ultimate x64 without issue.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:22 AM   #6
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

did some searching, I am in the process of formatting my 500gb in fat32 using the command prompt... says to type in format /FS:FAT32 X: 'X' being the drive letter.
I'll post up if it works out. its going real slow.
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

Ha! That should have been obvious... If it works let us know!
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:07 PM   #8
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

no, volume too big. damn. I keep seeing that some programs will do up to 2TB...time to find one.

*edit* found one, and it was fast. some common sense is needed to get around the lack of info.

here is what I did.
1. download and install swissknife (I ignored all the compatibility warnings, I'm running Win7-64bit)
2. run program and find the drive you want to format. but don't format yet.
3. you must go into 'Disk Management' and 'Delete Volume' of the drive first. SwissKnife will give you a 'Read/Write' error if you don't.
4. going back to SwissKnife, under the drive info click 'Delete' then choose how you want the drive to be formatted and click 'Create'. should take a few seconds.
5. After Swissknife is done, the drive will disappear from Windows. Just unplug and plug it back in. and it should show back up as a fat32 partitioned drive.

wow I just did my first guide, hope its pretty straight forward.
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Default Re: Win7, format, fat32....

I'll have to play with that myself then! Thanks for the update!
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