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Change Hard Drive Format

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can you please tell me the way how to change format of my spare Hard Disk? At the moment the format is NTFS and i will need to change it to FAT (my Hard Disk capacity is 80G).

Thanks very much for your help!

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Ok. this is easy.

download swiss army knife. and format it using that tool.
OR put in your windows CD and go to the repair console, and you will either be able to select with a graphical interface or tell it to format in fat32 the help command will tell you how to do it all...

But swiss army knife [download] is a lot easier.

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