Solved 1tb External Hard Drive from NTFS to FAT32

June 2, 2009 at 01:56:27
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.6 GHz / 893 MB

I recently bought a Seagate 1tb External Hard Drive, it is in NTFS but I need it to be in FAT32 as I intend to use it to stream video files (.avi) through my PS3, and the PS3 only recognises FAT32, how do I change the hard drive from NTFS to FAT32?

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June 2, 2009 at 02:08:53

Has the external drive got an option to reformat to fat32?
if not
use fat32format utility

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June 2, 2009 at 02:14:49

It doesn't. but the driver is actually a file on the hard drive, if I change to FAT32 will it delete the driver and make the hard inaccessable?

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June 2, 2009 at 05:24:12
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WinXP can't format partitions larger than 32GB using FAT32. Therefore you will need to download the hard drive prep tools from the manufacturer's site to perform that task. You can delete the NTFS partition from within WinXP and create a new partition using all available space. You need a third party utility to format it using FAT32. There are other options beside the manufacturer's disk tools.

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June 2, 2009 at 07:50:17


will it delete the driver , no it shouldnt, if in the format option you choose the correct partition ie the biggest as some times the software is held on a smaller partition.
is this seagate freeagent? if it does delete it it doesnt matter there is a desktop version.
are you sure its on the drive? if so post more details make and model & software.

software in case...

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