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Formatting a Samsung MP0804H IDE extrernal HDD from NTFS to FAT32

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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?

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Dave

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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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Trying to format a large external USB or Firewire hard drive to the FAT32 file system? Can't do it? Only see an option for formatting the drive using the NTFS file format? Well if you answered yes any of those questions, then you're at the right place.
I was recently trying to format my 1 TB MyBook external hard drive in Windows XP to FAT32 instead of the overly forced-upon NTFS format. Why? Well because I needed to connect it to a NAS device and the NTFS permissions were causing the NAS not to be able to access the drive. Simple solution is to use FAT32, no security, no problems. Though it's sometimes useful to format a USB drive in NTFS format.
Also, formatting a drive in FAT or FAT32 will allow it to be read by other operating systems, such as Mac, Linux, and older versions of Windows such as Windows 98.
Unfortunately, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 will only format a removable drive in FAT32 if it's less than 32GB! Hmmm...that pretty much cuts out ALL modern external hard drives!
However, Windows can format a drive that is larger than 32GB in FAT32, but you have to use the DOS command prompt. However, if you have a drive that is 1TB or larger, you may still get an error saying "The volume is too big for FAT32".
In that case, you can use a free program called SwissKnife that will allow you to format an external hard drive that is up to 2TB in size. Let's go through both methods. In case you are having problems getting your external hard drive to show up in Windows, read my article on how to change the drive letter for an external drive in Windows.
Format external drive in FAT32 using DOSOpen a command window by going to Start, then Run and typing in CMD.

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Now type in the following command at the prompt:

format /FS:FAT32 X:
Replace the letter X with the letter of your external hard drive in Windows. Windows will go ahead and begin formatting the drive in FAT32!

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Format external hard drive in FAT32 using SwissKnifeSwissKnife is a nifty little program that is completely free and that you can use to format many types of external drives such as USB, Firewire, PCMIA, SATA and SCSI. You can also use it to create partitions on an external hard drive and it formats faster than Windows.

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So next time you want to format a hard drive in FAT32 and Windows only gives you an option for NTFS, make sure to follow one of the two method mentioned above. Enjoy!

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If you mean a external HDD then you need to be able to format the External HDD so its a FAT32 and not NTFS file system. The PS3 wont recognize any other file system. You can do this with swissknife.

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The trick with the PS3 is that the HDD must be in FAT32 format. Most External drives nowadays are shipped preformatted using the NTFS file system.

You will have to convert the current partition or a portion of it to FAT32 to allow the PS3 to see it.

You will need a PC to do this on

HDD Partitioning Tool : http://visopsys.org/files/partlogic/partlogic-0.69-iso.zip
Manual : http://partitionlogic.org.uk/manual/index.html

Have not used this particular product myself yet, but it should be quite easy if you follow the steps in the manual.

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HDD storing capabilities especially if your unit uses'
a SATA HDD , FAT32 speed compared to NTFS is
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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
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