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I want to format my maxtor 160g from ntsf to fat32 to view between xp and mac

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Depending on whether you want to keep the data currently on the drive, you can use a program such as Partition Magic or similar to alter Partition characteristics (I would strongly reccomend you back up all data before doing anything though) the other option is to format the drive before installing an OS such as XP. I believe the installer for XP home allows you to format to FAT32 if you wish (not sure about that) if not you should be able to do it with Partitioning oftware from within windows or with a boot disk which contains a version of fdisk with large drive support.

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