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Convert ntfs to fat32

I have a 2tb seagate and i wanna change it from ntfs to fat32 but dont know how to do so

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you have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase everything on your hard drive

During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup


Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart



note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system

windows will ask what format you want to format in NTFS or FAT32

(note after you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to your failsafe or optimized defaults)

after windows has loaded



your computer will automatically restart it might restart 2 times one to finish the installation

the next will be because the operating system is loaded and will boot from your cd

during the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup

Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS?using the arrow keys load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart



hope this helps you

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Hi,

First of all delete the partition that you wish to convert. This is done by going into Disk Management: right click on My Computer > Manage > Disk Management, which is found under the Storage section. Right click the partition you wish to remove, and click Delete Volume This will erase the partition. Once you have done this, you must re-create the partition. This is done by right clicking on an unallocated region of a disk, and selecting Create Partition. Then click Create Logical Drive. Bear in mind that Windows cannot format a FAT32 partition that is any larger than 32GB. This is the case because FAT32 is terribly inefficient on volumes that are larger than 32GB: fragmentation becomes a serious problem.

Or you can use partition magic software to convert it.

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which format fat32 or ntfs
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