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I am desperately trying to change my HD to a file system FAT32, now i know the deal in doing something like this and have tried different ways in doing so. Unfortunately each solution always ends in one problem either my HD is too small or not supported. I have tried going to WD itself and downloaded the utility to do just that but as i said before it said my HD was too small or not supported. So PLEASE! can someone help me find a solution, is there some kind of easy to use software out there that doesn't back out on me or something

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The system FAT32 is for windows 95 to 2000 and ME only. If your using Windows XP, Vista or windows 7 the system format is NTFS. So you need to reformat your HD (Hard Disk) into system NTFS.

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You have to know that in order to have a HDD formatted with FAT32 the space must not exceed 32GB. so you need to partition your HD into two logical hard-drives then have one of the partitions in the size of anything less than 32GB, then simply reformat using FAT32 attributes.

If you are using windows vista, then its super easy to partition and format your external HD while logged on. if you need more instructions on how to do this, let me know.

Hope that helps.

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