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How do i format to fat32 on my wd passport so that i can play movies on it from my xbox 360

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When you right-click the drive and select format in the menu, you should be able to select the format type, NTFS, FAT32 or FAT.

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I want to plug my WD 1tb harddrive to my xbox360 and steam music and video files from it. It is my understanding that my drive (which comes with the smartware) is pre-formatted to NTFS , and my xbox needs...


Ryan,

You'll need to connect the drive to a computer to format the disk. Once connected, click "My Computer" to view the drive. Depending on version of Windows, you may not have the option to choose the FAT32 file system. If you do have it, be aware that there are some limitations imposed by the FAT32 file system - most oppressive are the 32 GB partition size limits and the 4GB maximum file size (so those HD movies larger than 4GB won't transfer) . If you still want the drive to be a FAT32 drive, copy all the contents from the drive as this is a destructive procedure.

A full discussion from Xbox Forums can be found here (cancel the print prompt when displayed) and this link has download links and explanation of how to do it.

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