Convert new ext hard drive from NTFS - FAT3 2

June 25, 2009 at 10:48:55
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a new external 500 gb hard drive but it came as NTFS and the Pinnacle device I bought to convert video requires the drive to be FAT32. I can't seem to simply reformat the new drive to FAT32. There is nothing on it now other than whatever the drive may have come with like back up software. I only want to load video pgms onto this drive for use as a source to make DVDs of what ever pgms I want. Do I have to get some other software to do this?

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#1
June 25, 2009 at 14:06:06
There are programs that can format to Fat32, you will need to Google for them.
I don't know what this Piinnacle device is that requires Fat32.
Maybe if you explain what you are doing, there may be a better option, as no device is needed to convert video.
What do you mean by "I only want to load video pgms" what are video pgms?

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#2
June 25, 2009 at 14:27:52
I am taking short tv programs (that we make) from video tape to digital form. I bought the Pinnacle device to go between the tape deck and the hard drive. It turns the pgm into an H.264 MPeg4 file on the hard drive. The device says the hard drive has to formatted as a FAT32. When I tried to format the drive, I could not find any way to make it FAT 32. It's a regular Western Digital 500 GB external Hard drive. I have been searching but there are no recent answers. Every post is old and refers to using Win ME or other old OS. I have XP. I thought this would be simple! I do not have "Partition Magic" and I hope I can find some free software I can download for this task. Thanks for your help!

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#3
June 25, 2009 at 14:42:26
You don't need partition magic. Go to the Western digital website and download the tools they have to prep your external drive.

WinXP can't natively format a partition larger than 32GB using FAT32. That is my MSoft design.

Do you want to keep the drive as one large partition? Link below.

You need External USB/firewire FAT32 formatting utility.

http://support.wdc.com/product/down...


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#4
June 25, 2009 at 15:06:35
I did hope to keep it as one big partition. Is there some reason I can not do that or should not do that? Basically I will just be storing the video files on this drive for use on a variety of computers.

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#5
June 25, 2009 at 15:10:09
Whoops, this drive is a Seagate Freeagent drive. How does this 32Gb size limit affect me?

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#6
June 25, 2009 at 17:12:49
Go to the Seagate site & download their software.

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#7
June 25, 2009 at 17:19:23
It doesn't matter what brand drive. Microsoft made a decision to not allow formatting a partition/drive larger than 32GB by using FAT32.

The reason for that is that FAT32 used on large partitions produces large cluster size. That results in wasted space on the drive. In your case you need to do it anyway.

Download discwizard from the link below.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/su...

Your drive also has some backup software on it. That software may interfere with the formatting. You may need to use Disk Management in WinXP to delete the partition on the external drive and then use diskwizard to partition and format it FAT32.


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