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Have new Toshiba 320GB Portable HardDrive. During setup program on Toshiba 320GB harddrive, formated disk to NTFS by mistake. Need to reformat it back to FAT32, but rerunning the setup program does not provide the disk format choice again. How can this portable disk be reformatted to FAT32 ? Thanks

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You need a commercial program like partition magic to do this, there is no sys-built-in way.

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