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Windows 98 will not see my maxtor 3200 I need to reformat the drive in FAT or FAT32 not ntfs how can I do this.

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    c drive is fat 32 and windows 7 will not install unless it is ntfs. how do I reformat the drive

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I have been using Maxtor basics desktop 500mb with my desktop PC (XP) for a year. Now I have an Apple Mac Mini and so I want to use the Maxtor with the Mac and access the files on it from the Mac (OX Snow...


Looks like you may not be in luck.
I found this on a forum.....
When you have the hard drive connect to the Mac, right click on it's icon and select Get Info. Look in the window that pops up and see what is listed next to Formatting. It it says NTFS, then the Mac can't write to it. Being it is a large drive, that you have been using on a Windows PC, I'm 99% sure it is NTFS. In order for the Mac to write to it, you will have to erase and reformat the drive. If you will only now be using it on the Mac, then you can format it Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Just remember, that by doing so Windows now will not be able to read or write to the disk. If you do need it to work with both platforms, you will need to see if Maxtor has a utility to do the formatting. Because of it's size, I know that Windows will not format it FAT32 (which is the format you need it to be in for both OSes to read and write to it) in one drive as Microsoft has limited FAT32 formatting to only 32Gb, but can read FAT32 drives of almost any size. The Mac can format MS-DOS (FAT), but I have not had the greatest luck in formatting large drives with it. The Mac will see and read/write just fine, but many times, Windows will not see the drive. I know that most drive makers do have a utility that runs under Windows (some even have Mac ones) and will format it for you in FAT32. There is one downside though, you will not be able to have a file greater then 4Gb in size due to a limitation is the structure of the FAT32 data table

Aug 05, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to Convert NTFS External Hard Drive to FAT32?


My friend Michael bought an external hard drive last month, yesterday he ran to me and ask how to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 safely and easily? I was so curious about why does he want to convert NTFS to FAT32; he said NTFS partition can't be read by DOS system. Since protecting data and files, I recommend him to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 with a third-party software-AOMEI Partition Assistant, which can convert hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 without data loss.

To computer users, NTFS and FAT32 are not strange. But seldom of them can tell what the difference between them. NTFS and FAT32 to partition are what DOC and TXT to text. In text, the file with DOC format can't be read by TXT application. Similarly, in some condition, not all files in different formatted partition can be read by same application. First, you'd better know some knowledge about NTFS and FAT32.

A Brief introduction of NTFS and FAT32

About FAT32

FAT 32 is one of partition format in windows system. It has 32bit file table, which strengthen FAT32's management to partition, and break through the limitation of 2GB space in every partition. Since the production cost of hard drive decreasing, the volume capacity is increasing. After applying FAT32 partition format, a big volume hard drive can be definite as a partition but not be divided into multiple partitions. It is good for management to hard drive. Now, FAT32 is replaced by NTFS.

About NTFS

NTFS is standard file system after Windows NT, 2000, XP, server 2003, server 2008, Vista, and 7. It replaces FAT to offer file system for Microsoft. NTFS make advanced on FAT and HPFS, such as to support metadata.
The difference between NTFS and FAT
As mentioned above, NTFS and FAT both are file system. However, NTFS is produced late than FAT32, but NTFS is more advanced in technology. In summary, the specific distinction are following below:
NTFS can support up to 64GB single file and 2048GB partition. FAT32 supports up to single file with 4GB and partition with 32G.
NTFS does not need Defragment your hard disk.
NTFS support to compress partition, folders and files.
NTFS takes a little cluster, which can help to manage space of hard drive effectively, and avoid wasting space of hard drive at the most extent.
In NTFS partition, you can share sources, folders and set access permissions on files. It is more secured than FAT32 partition.
How to know which partition format is suitable for you
As mentioned above, NTFS and FAT32 have its own advantages. When we choose which file system, you should consider the factors below:
Computer is installed with single system, or multiple systems.
The number and capacity of local installed hard disk.
Whether has consideration about security or not.
If computer is installed single system, and there is security to consider, you can select FAT32. Or NTFS is not bad choice absolutely.
Why need to convert NTFS External Hard Drive to FAT32?
NTFS and FAT32 are two different types of file systems, and both of them are commonly used and contain different characters. You may make conversions between the two types, and here we got several cases that you need to convert external hard drive to FAT32:
If your external hard drive is formatted in NTFS, you would not be able to access some files from DOS mode or Windows 9X, then you need to covert external hard drive to FAT or FAT32.
NTFS can't be recognized by many devices, such as Xbox 360, PS3, etc. in that case, you have to convert the external hard drive to FAT32 so that it can work with your devices.
There are more situations in which you need to convert external hard drive to FAT32, and there are different ways which you may realize the goal.
Methods to convert NTFS External hard drive to FAT32
At present, there are two main ways that you may convert external hard drive to FAT32, one is to convert to FAT32 with Windows built-in Disk Management, and another one is to convert to FAT32 with third-party software like AOMEI Partition Assistant. Let's see the details:

Method1: Convert an External Hard Drive by reformatting

1. Open the Disk Management in Windows.
2. Right click on the external hard drive and select "Format..." in the drop-down menu.
3. Select "FAT32" in the "File system" line and then choose "Quick format".
4. Finally click "Start" to format, and this process may cost you minutes.
Note: If the drive is larger than 32GB, the "FAT 32" option would be invalid and once format, the information or data in the external hard drive will disappear. So, backup the data or partition if necessary and you need to know how to convert hard drive larger than 32GB into FAT32.

Method2: Convert an External Hard Drive without formatting

You can download the third-party software to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32, what is the most advantage is that convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss. Comparing with disk management in computer, the third-party software will save your time and money. You don't need to buy other external hard drive to store data, just for converting partition format. Of the third-party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant is good choice. The specific introduction of how to convert NTFS external hard drive to FAT32.

As a kind of advanced partition software, AOMEI Partition Assistant can easily convert an external hard drive to FAT32, and you can also convert an external hard drive larger than 32GB into FAT32. This software is running well with Windows platform including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions are supported. With its help, you need no to format your external hard drive and thus you can convert NFTS to FAT32 without data loss. Now, you may download AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition and have a try.

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on Dec 29, 2017 | Computers & Internet

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PC/Mac compatability issues


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Is it formatted in NTFS? OSX will read most formats but cannot write to NTFS.
I would suggest that you copy all your files from the drive on to the Mac then use disk utility to reformat the drive in the native Mac format and then copy everything back again.
You may find that once formatted, Time machine will pop up and ask if you want to use the drive as your time-machine back-up. If the drive is the same size as the Mac's drive (or smaller) I would say NO and get a larger drive to use for TM.
If you need to connect the drive to a windows machine at all then don't use the native format (HFS+), use FAT instead. The mac can work with that (although it will probably mess up your files names).

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Why cant i transfer any information from my macbook to the hard drive? It says it can only read the drive.


You might have formatted your HDD to NTFS. There are two types of format that can be done on Windows OS one is NTFS which can only be read/write on Windows OS and FAT32 which would allow you to work with both Mac and Windows OS. You may want to reformat your HDD on a Windows based PC as FAT32 before working with your Mac. If it is a USB HDD you may just simply go to My Computer then right click on the drive letter assigned to the HDD then select "format" option.

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I formatted my 1TB usb drive into ntfs want it back to fat32


If this is your bootable drive that windows in installed on you will need to completely reinstall windows to convert it back to FAT 32. If this is a spare drive then you can right click the drive in My computer and go to format and then reformat it as Fat 32.

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Recently bought a Maxtor portable 250 GB HDD, need to format it to FAT32 so that my Playstation 3 can recognise it, but Vista will not allow it, can only format it to NTFS and exFAT. How can i format the...


You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps. Before you begin, note that the FAT32 file system has size limitations. In this version of Windows, you cannot create a FAT32 partition greater than 32 gigabytes (GB). In addition, you cannot store a file larger than 4 GB on a FAT32 partition. For more information, see Comparing NTFS and FAT file systems.
blank.gif Converting a hard disk partition or volume from NTFS to FAT32 requires that you reformat the partition, which will destroy any data on it. Be sure to back up any data you want to keep before you begin.

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I want to format my sandisk micro cruzer 4gb usb drive to fat but only get fat32 option


Nobody and nothing uses the FAT system, since windows 98 only FAT32 or NTFS is used, i can't understand why you need FAT?

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External harddrive problems


The 3200 will work just fine on ME. The problem is that the drive comes from the factory formatted NTFS which Win9x can't recognize. You'll need to use an XP machine with a 3rd party utility (I use SwissKnife) installed to repartition and reformat the drive as FAT32. (the native XP utility will not allow a partition larger than 32GB) . Incidentally, the 3200 will also work on Win98, Google for 3200_usb_driver.exe and install it before connecting the reformatted 3200.

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Maxtor 300GB--can't delete or write


You didn't specify if the original PC was Windows or MAC.

Is this USB external used on a PC with Windows? If so is it formatted NTFS? If so, Mac OSX and pretty much everything else but windows NT, 2k and XP can not write to NTFS. OSX and Linux will read an NTFS partition but at this time not write to it. If your drive is formatted NTFS, I would say, go to a windows machine and convert it to a FAT 32 Partition. Most everything will both read and write to FAT32.

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Maxtor 3200 external hard drive


Make sure the drive is formatted for the appropriate file system.


Keep me posted.

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