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john albrich Jun 12, 2014, 09:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 12, 2014, 10:07am EDT

 
>> Re: Need help formatting an exFAT 1TB HDD to FAT32
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One may also be able to use this tool/utility to convert an NTFS formatted drive to FAT32. It seems pretty straight-forward and convenient.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/macrorit_free_ntfs_to_...erter.html
Macrorit Free NTFS to FAT32 Converter 1.3.0
Author: Macrorit Tech Development Co., Ltd.
Date: 02/21/2014 01:27 PM
Size: 5.52 MB
License: Freeware
Requires: Win 8 / Win 7 / Vista/ XP
A free NTFS to FAT32 converter tool, designed to safely and easily reach the conversion from NTFS to FAT32 even though it contains data. Apart from this, it also has the ability to format NTFS which is larger than 32GB to FAT32 partition.

For you XBOX360 or PS game fans - since XBOX360 or PS cannot read NTFS at all, this tool can make the conversion from NTFS to FAT32 so you can enjoy the game time.
Main Features:
# Safely and easily convert NTFS to FAT32 partition without losing data.
# Break the 32GB/1TB size limit on FAT32 formatting or conversion.
# Format/reformat NTFS to FAT32 partition which is larger than 32GB, 1TB.
# Quickly and automatically decompress the compressed files featured with NTFS.
# Decrypt the encrypted files featured with NTFS.
# Support disk storage devices including IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB disk, FireWire disk, etc.
# Support converts NTFS on the RAID and dynamic volumes.


I HAVE NOT USED THIS PROGRAM so cannot personally talk to its effectiveness/risks.
Caution: As with any formatting tool, it's always wise to first experiment with new drive utility programs with a blank drive, drive with non-critical data or backed-up data. It may operate differently on different Operating Systems depending on whether the target drive is Legacy Format (512byte sector), Advanced Format (4096byte sector), or a drive like the Seagate STxxxxDM00x drives (750GB and above) that use 512emulation called 'SmartAlign' to make this transparent to the Operating System and require no special drivers. Improperly managed 512byte v. 4096byte can VERY significantly degrade performance. For more info see individual drive manuals/specifications and
http://www.seagate.com/tech-insights/advanced-format-4k-sector...master-ti/
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/221411en?language=en_US

I have no personal or financial interest in Macrorit, Majorgeeks, etc


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