Solved Convert 500GB external HDD NTFS to FAT32

October 1, 2010 at 12:47:19
Specs: Windows XP

i have a 500gb toshiba external hd formated with ntfs how do i convert it to fat32 i already tried command run and format /fs:fat32 e: . and it ran the proces and said its to big for fat32

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October 1, 2010 at 13:04:02
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As long as you're not concerned about saving any data, just download & run the Toshiba formating software.

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October 1, 2010 at 14:23:11

I thnk there are two issues. One is a bug in the MS format tool. Another is if your system can support such large drives.

I'd try a linux live cd.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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October 1, 2010 at 14:36:54

There is no concern about the capacity of an external hard drive. NTFS can't be converted to FAT32.

As jam stated, the manufacturer's software would be the easiest.

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October 1, 2010 at 14:52:18

ok thanks im gonna try the jam way

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October 1, 2010 at 20:26:44

XP has bug in it. You can't create a partition larger then 32G even though the file system should be able to support larger partitions in fat32.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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October 2, 2010 at 04:53:06


That is NOT a bug. Microsoft wants you to use NTFS. The cluster size increases as the partition size increases. That makes the use of the storage space less efficient.

The utilities from the drive manufacturers make it easy to prep external drives as you wish.

There are other reasons to use NTFS which I won't get into here. The main reason to use FAT32 on an external drive is for cross platform compatibility. Most users probably don't need that, so they should be using NTFS.

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October 4, 2010 at 06:58:23

i need to change it to fat32 to use on my ps3

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October 4, 2010 at 08:01:20

As jam stated in #1 above. If you don't care about the files then just download the disk prep utility from Toshiba and us it to format the drive as FAT32.

If you need to save the files and have room somewhere, then copy the files off the external, reformat, then copy the files back.

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October 5, 2010 at 07:02:32

i found a way to do it. first you gota go in to computer management find your external drive then leave that screen up now connect to the internet and GOOGLE (guiformat) download and run that program a screen should pop up. now go back to computer management and delete the partitions (will lose all data) now right click and make a new now in the guiformat screen check quick format and then format it and chose the name of your volume and its all done.

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October 5, 2010 at 07:05:33

and sorry jam toshiba did not have a format tool for my ext hdd i spoke to a toshiba tech

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November 6, 2010 at 21:00:31

"NTFS can't be converted to FAT32."

Please, if you don't know what your talking about then don't talk!

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November 7, 2010 at 01:27:26

"NTFS can't be converted to FAT32"

The statement as it stands is correct. While it is possible to convert a FAT32 partition to NTFS without data loss it is not possible to do the reverse. You have to delete the NTFS partition and create a new partition then format it FAT32. All data in the original NTFS partition is lost. Or if you know of a tool that can do the "conversion" then by all means post a link to it so we can all learn something new.

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November 7, 2010 at 06:44:36

Heaton must be an expert here as they have a total of one post. Heaton, I suggest you take your own advice.

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