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how to convert exFAT to FAT 32 on USB 2TB

by gpp69 / July 27, 2011 8:44 PM PDT

how to convert exFAT to FAT32 in USB 2TB with windows vista

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Re: convert
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 27, 2011 8:56 PM PDT

I'd copy the contents to a safe place. Then use Disk Management to delete the current partition and create a new one as you need. Then copy the data back.

Kees

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FAT32
by gpp69 / July 27, 2011 9:14 PM PDT
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Hi Thanks for that. But I am using Windows Vista. Will this work with that?

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No
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 27, 2011 9:48 PM PDT
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http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Convert-a-hard-disk-or-partition-to-FAT32-format notes that the maximum FAT32 size supported by Windows Vista is 32 GB.

So you might need to do it in Linux or MacOS or using a utility like http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool.shtml or maybe Partition Magic or GPARTED or such.

And, sorry, I don't know the limitations for FAT32 for all that tools. FAT32 is a really old format, and 2 TB disks are really new. So not all implementations will support such a disk.

Kees
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(NT) Why FAT32?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 1:02 AM PDT
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fat32
by gpp69 / July 28, 2011 11:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Why FAT32?

because my satreceiver's DVR will only allow FAT32 and I want to record. Thanks

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makes sense, thanks
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 11:56 PM PDT
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I think Kees suggestion of third party software for format the drive will work for you, or you could find a friend that is using XP or 7 and get them to format the drive as FAT32

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