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I have an external hard drive (300gb) that I want to convert to FAT32 it is currently unformatted and windows only gives me the option to convert to exfat or ntfs and neither are of use to me. How can I fix this?

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You cannot format FAT32 on such a big drive unless you break it up into many, many, suitable partitions, to format a drive this size you MUST use NTFS....
You see FAT32 simply cannot mathematically address that amount of address space, it is just that simple.
The biggest size partition is 32 squared or 1024MB

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