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Need To reformat a 500GB Western Digital Drive to FAT32

by John Razic / April 10, 2009 3:17 AM PDT

Hi, I have a 500gb External Harddrive, and i need to reformat it back into FAT32 format.

I'm using windows vista 32 bit I've heard that vista and XP have 32gb limitations, but is there a program that will bypass that limit.

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Just links.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 10, 2009 3:23 AM PDT
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Need To reformat a 500GB Western Digital Drive to FAT32
by les haworth / April 12, 2009 3:27 AM PDT

i have 2 machines (1)is a vista os the other is xp pro and have no problem with eather running my 500 gig external or internal drives my xp machine has 4 500 gig drives thst i use for video storage.
i see no reason to reformat to fat files.

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by John Razic / April 12, 2009 1:43 PM PDT

I happen to have a PS3 and i would like to put some HD AVI files onto the PS3, which by the way only detects FAT32 storage media. I actually found out how to do it so I'm thanks a lot.

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Well done! The other machine that uses that is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2009 10:02 PM PDT
In reply to: Well!

The XBox 360 is another machine that may need fat32 volumes.

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may give you some suggestion
by ljmichael / November 24, 2010 10:40 AM PST

As we know that convert FAT32 to NTFS could be easily operated for Windows users, as the built-in disk management of computer support such kind of operation. But convert back is difficult, unsafe and trouble. For example, users must backup the data in the partition before formatting or Windows does not allow to format partition as FAT32.SO I suggest you to use some other third party software,like NTFS to FAT32 Converter , I have used it and help me to convert it.I hope it could give you a hand

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Just so we're clear. Are you writing for us to use a 39.95?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 11:16 AM PST

Such an item is not worth that much!

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