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How to format iRiver IHP-140 into FAT32 using WIN XP PRO?

by moshken / August 23, 2006 1:51 PM PDT

I have iRiver IHP-140 MP3 player. This is really a 40G hard drive. I formatted it using Win XP PRO and as you know it formatted to NFTS. Now it is not working, and iRiver does not support it and give any help. I have been told that I need to reformat it to FAT32 using Win 98. I do not have that window and I can't find it with any of my friends. Is there a way to use WIN XP Pro to format it to FAT32? I don't know which program I used the other day, and it went through formatting it for a long time, and way at the end I got a message that the drive is too big to be formatted to FAT32. Any help would be deeply appreciated.
Thank you so much.

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use maxblast
by ramarc / August 24, 2006 12:01 AM PDT

download it from maxtor.com and you'll be able to format the drive to its full capacity as fat-32. whether or not the mp3 player works after that is another question since some store their software in a hidden partition of the drive.

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maxblast did not work
by moshken / August 24, 2006 1:35 AM PDT
In reply to: use maxblast

Maxblast did not work since this is not form Maxtor.

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maxblast will format a non-maxtor usb drive
by ramarc / August 24, 2006 3:53 AM PDT
In reply to: maxblast did not work

when you setup a drive, there are 2 tabs in the maxblast interface; one for the motherboard controller, and the second for usb/unknown controller. your iriver should be available on the second drive. it might complain about the drive not being maxtor, but it will format it.

if you have problems with the windows version and your bios has usb drive support (most pcs 2 years or younger do), download and burn the .iso and boot from the cd. it will format anything.

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Maxblast will format a non-maxtor USB drive
by moshken / August 24, 2006 5:13 AM PDT


Could you please provide step by step on how to do it. I do not see the second drive, it is grayed out.

Thanks again for your kind help on this.

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correction: it will format a non-maxtor drive...
by ramarc / August 24, 2006 6:03 AM PDT

if you have a maxtor drive in your box. sorry, i just realized that all my pcs have maxtor drives. when i tried it on my laptop (which only has a toshiba), it refused to load.

assuming your pc bios supports usb devices as hard drives, you may be able to use a win98 bootdisk to do the formatting.

+ goto http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
+ download "Windows 98 Custom, no ram drive"
+ use the downloaded app to create a boot floppy
+ shutdown your pc and connect the iriver
+ boot from the floppy and enter 'fdisk'
+ if fdisk can 'see' the iriver, then format it

you may have to remove and recreate its partitions so be careful. (that's why i like to use maxblast since it makes it more difficult to make a fatal mistake like reformating your boot drive.)

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by moshken / August 24, 2006 8:55 AM PDT

This requires a floopy drive which I do not have. I have a cd/dvd drive and the program does not recognize it or ignores it.
Any other solution.


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Thanks to "ramarc", My iRiver IHP-140 got fixed :-)
by moshken / August 24, 2006 12:34 PM PDT

Hi ramarc,

Thank you so much for your kind help, you have made my day. iRiver company could not help, but you did.

I don't know how it did fixed. I found out that my desktop PC has a floopy, so I made a floopy according to your instructions. I turned my PC off, and it did start normaly with win xp, and did not ask me if I want to reformat any of the drive. I checked the the iRiver IHP-140 and it was fixed.

Anyhow agian thank you from the buttom of my heart for taking some time and help another on this forum. God bless your heart.


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by ramarc / August 25, 2006 12:13 AM PDT
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Link, comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2006 12:08 AM PDT
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I have seen this, but I don't know how to use it.
by moshken / August 24, 2006 1:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Link, comment.

There is no instruction on how to use it. I downloaded it and play with it for a while with no success.

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"There is no instruction on how to use it."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2006 1:57 AM PDT

Odd, I found lotsa notes at the web site.

Let me offer this link:

See the section labeled HELP and the links just after that.

To write there is no instructions is odd. You may have missed it.


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There is no...
by moshken / August 24, 2006 8:59 AM PDT

Sorry, I did not get much information on that help.


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Sorry to read that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2006 10:14 AM PDT
In reply to: There is no...

For me I tend to dive in and run the tool once I have the drive hooked up. Then navigate to the drive with the tool and perform the partition and formatting. I mean no disrespect but some want step by step instructions which will be sadly lacking once we go off the beaten path. What path is that? You have some USB device so we need only to tread forward with a little care to not toast our drive C:


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