need to format NFTS to fat32 via windows 7

February 21, 2011 at 21:42:58
Specs: Windows 7
We are attempting to install a My Book Essential External Hard Drive USB 2.0 to a be attached to a TV to record and play back media - we have been told it requires Fat32 format as we have Windows 7 Home Essential and not XP. We bought from Dick Smith who gave us this information. Western Digital (WD) no longer download what we require from their site. We bought this unit so that we could tape/copy movies from the TV for our grandchildren - perhaps we have been sold the wrong item??
Can anyone help us please?
Alan Lauder

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February 21, 2011 at 21:59:39
Plug in the external hard drive. In windows 7 go to the control panel, administrative tools, computer management....disk management. It will load the hard disks, you should be able to see your external drive listed there. Right click the drive and select format, it brings up the format menu, where you can select, fat, fat32 and ntfs, select fat 32 and format. Just be sure you have the right drive because the format will clear the drive of any data.

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February 22, 2011 at 06:09:34
I don't know who "Dick Smith" is but rather than taking anyone's word for anything, I suggest you do some research. You may want to check the WDC forums.

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February 22, 2011 at 08:00:07
If the drive is larger than 32 gigs, Windows will not give you the option to format it with a FAT32 file system. However, most external drives are already formatted as FAT32 so if you haven't formatted it since you bought it, you should be good to go.

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February 22, 2011 at 08:36:16
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How to format a WD hard drive in FAT32 (to use in Windows or Mac OSX)

There are several limitations to the FAT32 format including a 4 GB per-file limit. This is a file system limitation that affects both Mac's and PC's, and there is no way around it at this time.

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