Formatting a Samsung MP0804H IDE extrernal HDD from NTFS to FAT32
So that i can hook my External HDD up to my PS3 i need to formet it to FAT32 from NTFS, but XP doesn't allow formatting on drives over 32Gb (and my HDD is 80Gb). Can you please help? Is there a simple way to do this?
Re: Formatting a Samsung MP0804H IDE extrernal HDD from...
Hi there Dave, well you can use a software called Partition Magic 8 to convert your 80GB hard disk to utilise FAT32. This software is quite user friendly. There are several options for you to choose form in this software including resizing your drive and creating partitions on the fly. However some settings requites a computer restart or reboot in order to complete successfully. This software can be obtained from most software stores or even download form the internet. After installing the software and running it, your drive should show inside the programme; right click on the drive you want to change a setting and select the options available. At the 'Format' button select FAT32. You will be asked for drive letters and cluster size but you can use the default settings, then apply the settings. Once you are done with that select the Okay button in the main programme window and the formatting process will start. Hope this helped you. Cheers :-)
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Hi, Welcome to Fixya. Can you pleae provide the make and model of the blueray device so that we can check if the file format of the blueray device is NTFS or FAT32. By default external hard drive is set to NTFS. A good example of this one is a PS3. Ps3 can only detect a hard drive that is a Fat32 fotmat so incase you connect a NTFS hard drive it wont detect it. Thanks
First, make sure that your PS3's firmware is up to date. You can do this by connecting it to the internet and setting it to update. Otherwise you will have to download the update, burn it to CD and then run the CD when powering on your PS3. Some updates can & will completely wipe-out\erase you saves, settings, downloads, & etc. Check out this web-page by Sony: ps3.com. Is your external hard drive formatted in FAT32? That is the only file format that the PS3 will recognize. Most likely, your hard drive is formatted in NTFS; which better supports large storage devices and you can use longer file names with it. I believe it is possible to format your hard drive in FAT32 (when attached to a computer), but the cluster size has to be set to a certain setting. I would suggest partitioning your hard drive into several partitions or drives, and then format those partitions in FAT32. Or just format part of it in FAT32 and the rest of it in NTFS. The PS3 should then recognize the partitions that are in FAT32. Please give feedback as to if this was helpful or not and choose a rating on how helpful you believe this information was.
Using FAT32 these days on a current OS will half the HDD storing capabilities especially if your unit uses' a SATA HDD , FAT32 speed compared to NTFS is less than half and the compression tool on NTFS are more compact and compile better , also FAT32 is used to apply an operating system not for external storage and if you are using your external storage HDD for holding an operating system to the HDD will be suspectable to contracting viruses and putting your data at risk , since the external HDD is static and does not run through the OS registry