help formatting external hdd to FAT32

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  1. zyg0te

    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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    I just bought a 500gb Verbatim external while it was 81 shipped with the intention of using it with my dvd player.

    However, I am having a shitload of problems trying to format it to Fat32.

    I tried on both vista and XP by running the cmd prompt. format /FS:FAT32 x:
    and it runs to at least 85% (when i checked them) and then at the end it says the drive is too big for fat32. It's a pain in the ass cause it takes about 4 hours to get to that point then it fucking says it.

    Anyways, I tried swissknife as well, but it kept getting install errors. :wtc::wtc:

    This is pissing me off cause i've had the drive for almost 48hrs and havn't been able to use it yet.

    Anyone know another way, or program I can use to format it? I also tried using ubuntu to do it, but I had no idea what I was doing with ubuntu.
     
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    I think Windows has a FAT32 limitation of 32gb. Check the manufacturers website and see if they have a partition utility. Maybe a 3rd party app will do it?
     
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    The FAT32 file system in Windows XP is limited to 32GB by default.

    I know there are ways of manipulating the cluster size in Windows or using 3rd party software to achieve higher capacities. I haven't had any reason to do so personally but think that PartitionMagic can do it easily.

    Again, I have no experience with >32GB FAT32.
     
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    use a linux live cd and do i that way

    ubuntu has a partition editor and you can make fat32 partitions all day long
     
  6. zyg0te

    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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    anyone have another suggestion?
     
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    You can do it in win98 :hsugh:

    but supposedly MS decided to put a limit on it with XP+ to force people to adopt NTFS
     
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    Win 98 has issues with drives larger than 100 gigs though. ME would be the next best thing, but I think that's limited to 137 gigs.

    Fortunately the question has already been answered so there was no reason to bump the thread again.
     
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    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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