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FAT32 format, how to do it in Windows XP?

How can I format a Simpletech external HD (500 GB) in FAT32? Windows XP does not allow me to... I already tried deleting and creating a new partition (disk manager). Also trying to create a less than 40 GB partition. Neither worked.

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Re: FAT32 format, how to do it in Windows XP?

Windows 2000, XP, Vista can format your drive into NTFS and it sounds as if you're already there. If you want to format in FAT32 they'll do it, but they will limit partition size.

The way I've done it is to use linux. there is a form of linux called "knoppix" which is a CD or a DVD which will boot your PC and turn it into a linux box running from the DVD drive. Linux will allow you to format your drive in about a dozen ways, so choose carefully. If you are tech savvy and adventurous, this is fun and not dangerous (providing there is not data to lose). On the other hand, if you want safety without the hand-holding, there is formatting software you can buy to do this in windows, but the modern Windows systems will not of themselves give you a massive partition in FAT32.

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Re: FAT32 format, how to do it in Windows XP?

Try using a third party program, like Norton Partition Magic, Acronis Disk Director Suite, or Paragon Partition Manager.

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