Help with formatting a hdd to fat32

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  1. untoastytoast

    untoastytoast The Glory Days

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    I have a 160gb hard drive that i would like to format to fat32. Is this possible? If so, how would i go about doing it? thanks in advance.
     
  2. cmsurfer

    cmsurfer ºllllllº

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    Why do you want it to be fat32?

    What OS are you going to use it on?

    A little more info would help...
     
  3. untoastytoast

    untoastytoast The Glory Days

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    I want it to be fat32 because at the moment it's ntfs, and my mac can't read that format. I want it to be fat32 so my mac and pc can both read/recognize it.
     
  4. U Think U Know

    U Think U Know OT Supporter

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    Yes it's possible, easiest way is to install it as a primary drive in a computer and then boot off of a WINXP CD and format it with fat32, then exit out of the WINXP setup process. Or create a boot disk and use FDISK/FORMAT.
     
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    The easiest way is to right click on the drive while it is on a PC and go to format.
     
  6. Ivy Mike

    Ivy Mike New Member

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    boot from Win98 bootdisk

    FDISK /MBR
    FDISK the drive and remove the NTFS partitions. Create a FAT32 partition and set active.
    Format C: /S to make it bootable.
     
  7. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    MacOS can't read NTFS? :confused:
     
  8. kingtoad

    kingtoad OT Supporter

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    Nay. :o
     
  9. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    i'm pretty sure it can READ ntfs... but not write to it. Or at least writing is unstable.
     
  10. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Yeah, that would have been my guess too.
     
  11. sgnn7

    sgnn7 pos the neg hole

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    qft
     
  12. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    and be sure that any data you have on that drive is backed up
    you WILL lose it during a conversion from ntfs to fat32
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    NOT true. Utilities exist to convert NTFS>FAT32 in a non-destructive manner.
     

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