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FingerMeElmo87 Aug 27, 2009, 03:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Im having lots of trouble getting this done. since M$ apparently has an issue with letting windows format anything above 32GBs to FAT32, i would appreciate if some one here can help me. ideas anyone?

Reason for the change; exFAT doesn't work with an Xbox 360


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Shawn Langley Aug 27, 2009, 04:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need help formatting an exFAT 1TB HDD to FAT32
Try through command prompt??

format /fs:FAT32 G:
(G being the drive letter)

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FingerMeElmo87 Aug 27, 2009, 05:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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tried that. windows won't format anything above 32GBs in FAT32

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Shawn Langley Aug 28, 2009, 04:38am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Try with a linux live CD or if they still exist, an MSDOS boot disk?

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Muhammad Shibily Aug 28, 2009, 07:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need help formatting an exFAT 1TB HDD to FAT32
You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk

Now download a copy of fat32format. Extract the single EXE file to somewhere suitable, like C:\. Click Start->Run and enter cmd. CD to the where you extracted the fat32format exe, e.g. by typing CD /D c:\
Now you're almost done.
Type this

fat32format f:

You should see this displayed

Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure (y/n)

Now when it says this, it really means it. If you format the boot sector, FATs and root directory will be filled with zeros. By typing pressing Y and hitting return, you're also absolving me of liability for whatever was on the disk before.

Assuming you don't bail out at this point you should see something like this -
Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure
(y/n) :y


Size : 250GB 488392002 sectors
512 Bytes Per Sector, Cluster size 32768 bytes
Volume ID is 1bdb:2c1d
32 Reserved Sectors, 59604 Sectors per FAT, 2 fats
7629261 Total clusters
7629260 Free Clusters
Formatting drive f:...
Clearing out 119304 sectors for Reserved sectors, fats and root cluster...
Wrote 61083648 bytes in 0.988463 seconds, 61796609.106193 bytes/sec
Initialising reserved sectors and FATs...
Done

Download this File From

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/download/fat32format.zip


for more visit http://www.mssolution.co.cc

angryhippy Aug 28, 2009, 08:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need help formatting an exFAT 1TB HDD to FAT32
Can't you just crate a 32GB partition then after it's done resize the partition with Partition Magic or EASEUS Partition Master.

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hl vns Dec 31, 2009, 12:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hey, ma bro, theres an utility that ull can format 2 hard drives in fat32 fs its called SuperFDISK go to h t t p : //w w w. tucows.com/preview/361621 and download Super Fdisk 1.0

heres a short description from it

Create, delete and format partitions on IDE/ATA/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives without destroying data with Super Fdisk, a driven disk partition manager.

You can also create emergency floppy disks or burn bootable CDs to manage partitions.

enjoy 2tb hdd in the fatest fat32 fs!!!!!!!!!!!

hl vns Dec 31, 2009, 12:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Partition Magic or EASEUS Partition Master can also do the job but Super Fdisk is the best and fatest tool to do that job!! it will create a bootable disk that ull can boot up and do all u want with fat32 but becareful with this tool abt mbr option: it erases all mbr data n disk will appear as new drive without any data or file system on it... hehehehehe

james lock Jan 22, 2010, 09:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I just needed to register so i could say thanks very much for such a detailed answer to a question i googled.... fantastic and it works perfectly. i can now use my external hard drive on my xbox 360.
James :-)

Muhammad Shibily said:
You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk

Now download a copy of fat32format. Extract the single EXE file to somewhere suitable, like C:\. Click Start->Run and enter cmd. CD to the where you extracted the fat32format exe, e.g. by typing CD /D c:\
Now you're almost done.
Type this

fat32format f:

You should see this displayed

Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure (y/n)

Now when it says this, it really means it. If you format the boot sector, FATs and root directory will be filled with zeros. By typing pressing Y and hitting return, you're also absolving me of liability for whatever was on the disk before.

Assuming you don't bail out at this point you should see something like this -
Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure
(y/n) :y


Size : 250GB 488392002 sectors
512 Bytes Per Sector, Cluster size 32768 bytes
Volume ID is 1bdb:2c1d
32 Reserved Sectors, 59604 Sectors per FAT, 2 fats
7629261 Total clusters
7629260 Free Clusters
Formatting drive f:...
Clearing out 119304 sectors for Reserved sectors, fats and root cluster...
Wrote 61083648 bytes in 0.988463 seconds, 61796609.106193 bytes/sec
Initialising reserved sectors and FATs...
Done

Download this File From

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/download/fat32format.zip


for more visit http://www.mssolution.co.cc


Johnny Boy May 28, 2010, 10:30am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need help formatting an exFAT 1TB HDD to FAT32
Well better to use and change the hard drive file system is a bootable OS disk who has that feature or any kind of programs that to this like File system changer , Also before every format make sure you backup your data because you hard could easy die or get critical error , you should use an online storage software like Dmailer http://www.dmailer.com/dmailer-backup.html

guro kyo Nov 09, 2010, 02:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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just replying here to say what a great help this thread has been. fat32format really couldn't be any easier or quicker.

thanks :D

linny fourty May 09, 2011, 06:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have just registered as i googled same question and your site came up with answers. Thanks very much this has given me the answer i need and i can now with the free software change my 500gb and 1 tb HD to FAT32 rather than exFAT so we can play stuff on the xbox and ps3.

Ken Atkins May 19, 2011, 12:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I use Minitool Partition Manger Home edition version 6 it is free and formats to every level without a problem i was going to format an ntfs external to exfat then saw this on here so cancelled the ex fat and used mintool and it was done in seconds without a hiccup or any long winded way of doing things.

chris young Jul 25, 2011, 02:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Need help formatting an exFAT 1TB HDD to FAT32
I Have Vista 64bit ( if it makes a difference )
When entering those commands into command prompt ( as an admin):

" 'fat32format ' is not a recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. "

Ive tried downloading software to do it for me but it all seems to just be the Fat32 file. Nothing seems to be working for me. Any suggestions?

linny fourty Jul 26, 2011, 09:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i found a programme where you can change the format for xbox to faat32 for my 1tb hd its a freeware prog called Easeus partition Manager
http://www.partition-tool.com/?gclid=CM_SkoaUn6oCFcVO4QodQSyZ4w

Halldor Christensen Mar 02, 2012, 02:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I just registered as well only to be able to say thank you.

This way Muhammad Shibily told us was FAST + SIMPLE.

I have a Lexar Professional 128gb SDXC Card and now I can use it with my Samsung Galaxy Tap 10.1 P7500 :)

I was only able to format it as NTFS or exFAT but with this perfect solution. it works now.

Thank again :)


Muhammad Shibily said:
You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk

Now download a copy of fat32format. Extract the single EXE file to somewhere suitable, like C:\. Click Start->Run and enter cmd. CD to the where you extracted the fat32format exe, e.g. by typing CD /D c:\
Now you're almost done.
Type this

fat32format f:

You should see this displayed

Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure (y/n)

Now when it says this, it really means it. If you format the boot sector, FATs and root directory will be filled with zeros. By typing pressing Y and hitting return, you're also absolving me of liability for whatever was on the disk before.

Assuming you don't bail out at this point you should see something like this -
Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure
(y/n) :y


Size : 250GB 488392002 sectors
512 Bytes Per Sector, Cluster size 32768 bytes
Volume ID is 1bdb:2c1d
32 Reserved Sectors, 59604 Sectors per FAT, 2 fats
7629261 Total clusters
7629260 Free Clusters
Formatting drive f:...
Clearing out 119304 sectors for Reserved sectors, fats and root cluster...
Wrote 61083648 bytes in 0.988463 seconds, 61796609.106193 bytes/sec
Initialising reserved sectors and FATs...
Done

Download this File From

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/download/fat32format.zip


for more visit http://www.mssolution.co.cc


Ash Cruz Jun 03, 2012, 09:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 03, 2012, 09:45am EDT

 
>> Re: Need help formatting an exFAT 1TB HDD to FAT32
Muhammad Shibily said:
You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk

Now download a copy of fat32format. Extract the single EXE file to somewhere suitable, like C:\. Click Start->Run and enter cmd. CD to the where you extracted the fat32format exe, e.g. by typing CD /D c:\
Now you're almost done.
Type this

fat32format f:

You should see this displayed

Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure (y/n)

Now when it says this, it really means it. If you format the boot sector, FATs and root directory will be filled with zeros. By typing pressing Y and hitting return, you're also absolving me of liability for whatever was on the disk before.

Assuming you don't bail out at this point you should see something like this -
Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure
(y/n) :y


Size : 250GB 488392002 sectors
512 Bytes Per Sector, Cluster size 32768 bytes
Volume ID is 1bdb:2c1d
32 Reserved Sectors, 59604 Sectors per FAT, 2 fats
7629261 Total clusters
7629260 Free Clusters
Formatting drive f:...
Clearing out 119304 sectors for Reserved sectors, fats and root cluster...
Wrote 61083648 bytes in 0.988463 seconds, 61796609.106193 bytes/sec
Initialising reserved sectors and FATs...
Done

Download this File From

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/download/fat32format.zip


for more visit http://www.mssolution.co.cc



thank you very much Mr.Muhammad Shibily for the big help...i owe you so much for this one.....

i recommend all to use his tutorial....very nice and easy... :)

again, thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart... :)

Grant Smith Jul 11, 2012, 02:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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THIS WORKED EASY PEASY!

Fat32Formatter 1.1: Free Download from Softpedia

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Fat32Formatter-Download-89203.html


shaunamarie bunting Feb 26, 2014, 05:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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shaunamarie bunting Feb 26, 2014, 05:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have a 1tb toshiba hard drive and I tried this but it says I need administrator privileges? I am the only user on my computer and signed in as administrator so I don't know what to do now. I looked into a solution using cmd and diskpart but it did not work apparently because of the following information which i also do not understand
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
Microsoft DiskPart version 5.1.3565
DISKPART>

TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 USB Device
Disk ID: 00000000
Type : USB
Bus : 0
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0

DISKPART>error: There are no volumes.


Can you please help?

gary brooks Jun 11, 2014, 05:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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You need to create a partition ..according to what os your on..launch a command prompt (cmd) with elevated priveleges...then type these commands one at a time
1.diskpart
2.list disk
select the disk with the same GB as your external by typing :
3.sel disk *
4.create partition primary
5.active
6.assign letter (your choice of letter)
7.cancel the windows format.

There now your HDD has a usable partition (VOLUME)


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