reformating external on vista

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January 18, 2010 at 20:41:45
Specs: Windows Vista
im real new to all of this. need to reformat my ext hd from nfts to fat32 for use on my ps3. im using vista 64 pro. when i right click and hit fomat in disk man. it says fat32, but my searches on boards say it wont work in vista. am i reading this all wrong, or will everything work ok?? sorry for the newb question. thanks in advance

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#1
January 19, 2010 at 06:01:39
What you've read (and probably misunderstood) is that Windows Vista itself has to be installed and run on an NTFS partition - it won't run on a FAT32 one.

However, if used only for backups and data storage, the other partitions can be either NTFS or FAT32.


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#2
January 19, 2010 at 09:02:26
It finally finished formatting, but its in exFAT which is not being recognized by my ps3. i guess ill try and find a program that will work with vista to reformat the external. no luck so far... i also tried the cmd command "formatX:/fs:fat32" but then it said select a volume and i got lost. so back to square one...

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#3
January 19, 2010 at 09:41:58
just an update for anyone trying to do the same thing thats having as much trouble as i have had. If using Vista, the disk management feature will NOT format to FAT32 it will format to exFAT, which is not recognized by the ps3. instead open the start menu search and type cmd. Type vol X: (replace X: with the letter assigned to the ext hd in question)that will give you the volume name. Then type "Format X:/fs:fat32: (agian replace x with drive letter) it will then ask to enter current volume label. enter what you got above and then press y and enter. easy as that....i hope, still formatting atm will see if it actually works or not

Disclaimer...i did not figure this out on my own...lots and lots of google searches and pieced it together....


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#4
January 19, 2010 at 10:12:44
"Windows Vista itself has to be installed and run on an NTFS partition - it won't run on a FAT32 one"

Not according to Microsoft. They say it will run on a FAT32 file system.


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#5
January 19, 2010 at 12:46:24
"Windows Vista itself has to be installed and run on an NTFS partition - it won't run on a FAT32 one"

>>Not according to Microsoft. They say it will run on a FAT32 file system.<<

You are right, but it's not that simple.

Vista will only install on an NTFS partition by default. It can be made to run on FAT32 after installation, but only after a considerable amount of work on the part of the user, which must be done before installing any third-party drivers, applications or updates.

See this:

http://www.windowsvistaplace.com/in...

Not quite the same as a normal installation is it?


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#6
January 19, 2010 at 14:40:07
No, not exactly worth it.

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