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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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Boot the windows installation media and go to the repair section of the installation media and select command prompt.
run these commands individually one after the other:

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clean
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format fs=ntfs quick
active
assign
exit

once you have exited the diskpart service you can restart the installation process from the installation media.

Beware... If the hard drive you are formatting to NTFS currently has an existing file system or other OS loaded onto it then that information will be deleted (most likely irreversibly. Since you have a GPT disk at the moment that tells me that you most likely have Windows 8 installed on that particular device. Windows 7 does not install on every device that has Windows 8 preloaded. You may also have to go into the BIOS and disable the security keys associated with that drive and OS.

*Proceed at your own risk and I do not accept any liability from these or any other tips provided in this or any other posts. All computer repairs dealing with DATA are and can be inherently risky if you are not well enough trained to do it properly*

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