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cannot format EXT HD from NTFS to FAT32. Can somebody please

by symboleyes / April 25, 2008 5:29 AM PDT

Good evening everybody,

Ive recently purchased a used 80gb external portable HD for use with my new USB car stereo head unit. The manufacturers state that the H/U will only recognize the FAT32 file system. Hence I went about formatting (it came formatted) the drive as it came with the NTFS system. When I prepare to format the drive via disk management, it only gives me the option of an NTFS format and no FAT32.

Could anybody please advise on why this is so and how to remedy the situation?

Thanks for your time,


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Not easy with XP
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2008 6:27 AM PDT
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If the existing partition is NTFS ...
by Kees Bakker / April 25, 2008 6:31 AM PDT

it can only be reformatted NTFS. So the very first thing to do is to delete that partition and create a new one (unformatted).


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by symboleyes / April 25, 2008 9:24 AM PDT

thanks, Ill try formatting at 32gb and take it from there.

Cheers and thanks again for your input, its greatly appreciated.


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