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I am using an external harddrive through my xbox, the problem is it is partitioned into two part (both the correct format 'fat32'). its not an option to merge both partitions so how do i get both partitions to appear on the xbox??

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  • tomasglynn Apr 23, 2009

    as i already said it is formatted correctly! 
    its partitioned into two parts and i want to know how i can get both to show up?

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You have to connect it to your pc via the usb and reformat the hard drive.

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