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Wont format from FAT32 to NTSF Says that it cannot format this drive and to quit disk utilities or any other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the content of this drive then to reformat. Still won't work though.

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If you really need to do this and don't mind losing all the info on it, you can always f disk it. That would wipe it clean. Fat32 and NTFS are incompatible. It is weird that it won't format the drive.
One question, have you used start button, gone to computer, then to the drive, right clicked on it and tried the format?
Good luck.

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