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USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

Q: USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

Last night, I tried to transfer a video file as I've done dozens of times. It didn't work. I tried a second time and realized it was because the file was more than 4GB which FAT32 USB drives will not accept.

I successfully formatted the new USB drive to NTFS.

My question is can I convert it back to FAT32? Can I do this using the same method (right-click drive checked off and optimized performance then right-click and select NTFS) I did from FAT32 to NTFS or is something else required?

Is it dangerous to due this? I will only be using this USB stick on my Windows laptops, dvd player and not on my iMac.

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A: USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

You are correct, you can just format the drive back to FAT32 and no it shouldn't cause any issues doing this.
I have swapped between file system types many times and never had an issue.


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I had a problem with my USB Flash drive 4GB, and have formatted it, and was wondering what format before I use it. I have it formatted to NTFS and it seams to work ok, I choose this since my hard drives are that format. I guess I can change if needed but what format is best. My OS is XP Pro and I'm coying to the same OS. Also I had the option to quick format and Enable Compression. I chose both options. I have never had a problems before with these drives and seen a few things on the internet on formatting. Is there any draw backs to formatting using these settings:quick format, Enable Compression, and NTFS format?

Thanks, Rick

A:Formatting a USB Flash Drive in FAT32 or NTFS?

Compression will slow response time. And on modern drives, I don't ever see any gain in space to really matter.

NTFS is supposed to be a more hardy file system but cannot be read by any OS prior to Windows 2000. FAT32 can can be read by Windows 98 Second Edition and all operating systems after that. With NTFS you can encrypt and therefore secure folders of your choice. FAT32 offers no security.

Personally, I would remove the compression.

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I've gotten a new hard drive for use as a storage device - mainly for documents, some graphs and statistical programmes, music, videos, photos and my iTunes library. Which is a better option for me, FAT32 or NTFS?

I've checked some of the other posts and realize that NTFS is the way to go for most users - larger file sizes, security, reliability, space efficiency etc.

My situation may be a bit different though.

- I'll be using it mainly to store the stuff I transfer off my Windows 98SE OS computer, through a Windows XP computer. For some reason, the former can't detect the new hard drive so I'll be using a pen drive to transfer stuff from it to the latter and onto the hard drive. Since I'm not connecting it directly to Windows 98SE, compatibility isn't an issue, is it?

- The drive came formatted in FAT32. I haven't formatted one before and worry that I may mess it up by converting it to NTFS.

- I'm not sure if my statistical programmes are compatible with NTFS, as some older programmes aren't.

- What's that about NTFS incompatibility with floppy disks? I'd like to transfer my stuff from old floppys via the Windows XP computer to the new hard drive for storage. Will that be a problem?

I'm tempted to reformat it from FAT32 to NTFS though. I'd appreciate some advice on this. Are there any situations when I'll need FAT32 instead?

I intend to use my new hard drive for some time. If I stick to... Read more

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I have a NAS that is capable of expanded storage by attaching a USB drive to it : the only catch is that USB drive has to be FAT32. In order to do that, I have to convert (format) my existing NTFS format USB drive to FAT32 format.

I have two questions:

1. Do I use the format command staright from the elevated CMD prompt, or the format command from within DISKPART? Or are they actually the same thing?

2. In Computer Management, do I have to turn the disk "Offline" prior to running the formatting proceed?

I plan on running the CLEAN ALL command from within DISKPART to wipe the USB drive prior to formatting it using Brink's tutorial (Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command)


A:Formatting NTFS ---> FAT32

Hello Golden,

If you are able to, you could format the USB drive while in Windows 7 from the Computer window or in Disk Management by right clicking on the USB drive, click on Format, and selecting FAT32 (File system) to format it as.

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guys I have just finished restored my HP CD to Win XP Sp2 but did a mistake in the early stage by choosing FAT32

Can I do a switch to NTFS without going thru the entire process again or not losing any s/f I have already installed? A friend suggested to type [format c: /fs:ntfs /q] in the run command and restart the PC should do the trick but it didn't happen...

can someone help me here? thx


Found this.....

First, back up your data. Pictures, Word files, whatever it may be, save it all to something off of that drive/partition. Also, by doing this, understand that there is always the risk of data loss. So if something goes wrong, you are the responsible party. Also, make sure all applications are closed before doing this.

OK, now get yourself to a command prompt. Just Start, Run, CMD will get you there. Now type

You will be asked to press Y or N. You will want to say N to unmounting right there and then. You will then be prompted schedule a conversion. Say Y to this. From here, just follow the instructions. You will have to reboot. After the PC has restarted, let it run without you doing ANYTHING.


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Which one should be used when and why?

A:NTFS or FAT32 formatting?

What type of Windows install cd came with your computer?

Was the OS pre-installed and you didn't get any cd's with it?

If you got a cd, is it a full retail install version of XP?

If you got a Recovery CD only, does it allow for a Repair install or only a full complete Restore to the condition you got it in when you purchased it?

Do have or plan to get imaging software to keep current copies of your HD so you can Restore as needed?

Do you require extreme Security on your computer?

Do you have a large enough hard drive that you can afford to lose 10% and never miss it?

There are so many variables that may affect which type of file storage system you choose that we will need all of that information and perhaps more.

There will also be strong opinions on either side. Try to look beyond that and figure that your situation may be different and deserves your own special approach.

Post back with more info and we'll get to the chase.


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I have a couple of flash drives I have formatted to NTFS. One for an install drive and one for a readyboost test. If I formatted the drive in CMD do I have to format it the other way (to FAT32) in CMD or can I just right click the flash drive and format it there?

A:Formatting flash drives NTFS and FAT32

Hi Nate,

You can just right click on the USB key in Computer and click on "Format" to format it with either NTFS or FAT32 if you like.

Hope this helps,

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hope u r well and thx for yr help
i have a problem plz help if u can
i had formatted c: fat32 partition during reinstalling windows xp with ntfs .
after that i discovered that i lost my files which it was in my old windows desktop ,
is there are any way to restore my files?
thx in advance
God bless

A:lost my data after reinstalling windows xp after formatting fat32 partation with ntfs

Format=Erase. If you just wanted to convert the file system to NTFS you could have done that without loss of data http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881. but since you Formatted (Erased) the disk, you have lost your data. If you have not installed any programs or software yet, then you can try a recovery software, but it probably has overwritten the data when you formatted and installed Windows.

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I've been running my desktop on Ubuntu 13.04 for the past 6 months after my version of windows 7 corrupted and I didn't immediately have access to a new disk. Now that I have a Windows 7 Ultimate disk and have run it when I went to install I was told that it can't read the Hard drive and I need to format back to NTFS to read files, but it told me that if I insert the computers Driver disk it can do it itself. Problem is they are both disks. I have tried formatted from a Ubuntu live Cd using the Gparted software that comes with it, but I gave up after about an hour when it was still "scanning for devices" and I wasn't able to do anything. What I need is to do a Full format and I have access to a few usb's, a usb with Ubuntu 13, and my windows 8 laptop.

The computer I'm doing this on is a Dell inspiron 530 which has 1 HDD and an i2 quad.

A:Formatting back to NTFS

Follow this:

Clean Install Windows 7

Pay careful attention to steps 6, 7 and 8

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I would like to do a complete format of my drive which was a Win 98 drive upgraded to an win XP FAT32 drive. Basically I would like to delete everything and start again. I will obviously need to do the win 98 install and upgarde again to XP, but I've never done a format. So if anyone can give me a simple step guide on how to do this that would be great. Also, is it possible to format it to a NTSF system? Thanks

A:Formatting an XP FAT32 drive

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Hey Friends,

I Need to format my HDD from FAT32 to NTFS. i made a small mistake of not formatting the drive before adding the data to it... and now i cant put files larger than 4 GB. I have data more than what i can hold aside temporarily so i need a way to format the HDD with the data in it BUT "WITHOUT LOOSING" the data.

Anyone having any suggestions is more than Welcome to share their Knwoledge.

I am afraid and scared!! because i had a very big problem once with my HDD that a very large number of my files were converted to .CHK files hidden in the HDD from which i recovered almost all the files except those which were more than most important to me (text files), i had gone through literally 30,000 files but still have about 10 or more thousand files (.CHK) which i have no idea what they are...
Please Help.

A:Formatting the HDD from FAT32 to NTFS "Without Loosing" data

Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly

I dont know thats even possible, do you not have another drive you can temp them on while you reformat

My only suggestion and im not sure its a great one would be to partition the drive into two pieces put data in one half, reformat the other half, swap data over and merge partition back together as new ntfs drive

that would only be poss if drive was less than half full
or split 3 ways if drive is less than 2/3 full

Possible, hmm. but my drive is not that empty i have like only about 30 GB free out of 320 GB...
btw, it is possible... Check Free Partition Magic alternative & free Partition Manager Software for Windows PC, Workstation and Server - EaseUS.
i just need some guaranteed way, or someone who has done it before, so i know i wont loose the data.

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I guess I have two questions:

Can a flash drive that is 32 megs be formatted to a DOS FAT32?

If it can is there a command line that will allow me to mount it to SUNblade to transfer files from it?

A:Formatting Flash Drive to DOS FAT32

Yes, you can create FAT32 just fine in Windows.

You mount it in Solaris with something like "mount -F pcfs /dev/dsk/??? /mnt"
??? is the full ID of the partition on the flash disk. You should be able to find the id with some system command after plugging in the flash drive. Try dmesg or iostat.

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I need to format this for a dumb OTG system.
Will XP read 40 gigs of FAT32 in one partition?

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Hi I just got a 500gb external hard drive and its in NTFS. How do I format it to FAT32?
I'm using window xp home.

Thank You

A:Formatting hard drive to FAT32

the dvd player has a usb so i can plug the hard drive to it.

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I installed an 80GB drive into an XP Pro system. This is not the boot drive. When I went to format it to FAT32 I was unable to. The drop down menu displayed only NTFS. Any idea why this would happen?

Knowing this was an older computer, and thinking its BIOS limitations may be the reason, I tried partitioning it to a 30GB partition, but I only saw the NTFS option after than also. HELP!

A:Unable to select Fat32 when formatting a drive in XP Pro

I'm not sure what happened with your 30 gig drive, but W2K and XP have artificially limited creation of FAT32 volumes to 30 gigabytes. You can use a larger one, but you have to create it with something other than the native Disk Manager. Partition Magic created mine, and W2K/XP have no issues with them.

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I have just gotten a new external USB SATA drive enclosure that supports hardware spanned or striped RAID.
I chose to use it as spanned.

I have 2 500GB SATA drives in there right now... but they're unformatted.

I want to be able to use this drive to store all my media... and read AND write with windows AND linux.

My question is, can I safely format it in FAT32 as opposed to NTFS and not compromise my data? (I am aware that formatting destroys all data on the drive... but the point is there ISN'T any data on there right now...) Will it compromise the integrity of the volume?

A:Will formatting a 1TB drive array in FAT32 cause problems?

Well one thing you have to take into account is that FAT32 won't allow you to have files bigger than 4GB. Formating in FAT32 won't damage the hard drive but it's more prone to errors/corruption than NTFS.

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Hi, I am in need of some help. I want to use my external hard drive to hook up to my PS3 for "media playing" purposes. I have checked out various forums and was told my hard drive would have to be changed over from NFTS or whatever it is to FAT32 as the PS3 wont recognise it. I downloaded swissknife and after I'd transferred the contents of the hard drive I reformatted it or tried to. The problem I now have is that where as it used to be drive G it is now gone. I have gone through the driver list and the computer knows it is there and says it is working fine but I can't transfer anything on to it until the registry can find it. Can anyone tell me how to reassign a drive letter to it? I am at my wits end.
Many thanks.

A:re-formatting of external hard drive to fat32

Hello Shaftuk,

Please open the Disk Management... right click Computer > Manage > under the Storage, Disk Management. You should see your removable disk there, as Disk 1, right click it and choose assign or change drive letter. You can format it again as FAT 32 there.

I hope it will help.


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Hi there,

I have windows 7 and have just had my new WD 2TB external hard drive delivered.

It is currently formatted to NTFS and I would like to have it formatted to FAT32.

I have searched the internet and have been unable to find any software that works for windows 7 that will let me format my hard drive to FAT32 for the full 2tb.

Could someone suggest any software that would work on windows 7 and that will allow me to format my external hard drive to FAT32?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you kindly.

A:WD 2TB external hard drive formatting fat32 help

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I've heard before that Hard Drives over 32GB in size cannot run under FAT32 mode. I've also heard that some people have bypassed this limitation by using third party partitioning programs and the sort of thing. Now I'm asking, is there an easy way to re-format my 80GB Hard Drive from NTFS to FAT32 and install Windows ME on it? I did this with my 4GB hard drive, not as a test for FAT32, just as a test for Windows ME and my hardware. That worked out good so now I'm going to do the same to my 80GB HD. Can it be done? Would I have to use a third party partitioning software? Can I use MaxBlast 3 to do it? Thanks.

A:Formatting an 80GB Hard Drive to FAT32, can it be done?

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While trying to wipe a drive with DBan I accidentally started the process on my laptop drive. The process ran for about 2 seconds before I stopped it but not before it caused some damage. I now have an unallocated file system so windows can't boot. I was just wondering if there is any way to give this drive a NTFS file system without formatting and starting again.


A:Need to make a drive NTFS without formatting

I don't think so. If you have an enclosure for the laptop drive you may be able to get the data off prior to reformatting it. Something like http://www.amazon.com/eForCity®-2-5-SATA-Enclosure-Black/dp/B0018TCB0O

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Hey, I'm installing Windows 7 on my friends laptop, currently she's running Ubuntu 10.04. However when I get to the screen where I have to select which partition to install Windows 7 the option to format is grayed out. I can't do it through Ubuntu either as gparted has locked the partition and wont let me edit it. What are my options? All I have is Ubuntu and the Windows 7 start up disk

A:Formatting Hard Drive to NTFS

Has she backed up her data before partitioning? You could use another PC then swap the current drive with hers and delete the partition that way then put her drive back in and run win7 installation

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Some advice could really save me alot of experimental time ...

I have 2-drives,one w/ME (Fat32), & one with XP(NTSF).
I would like to reformat the XP(NTSF) drive to (FAT32) so that while on the ME operating system, it can read XP's drive.
(didn't know about that at the time I installed XP) I don't mind starting all over with XP installation if this is possible using Fdisk, but don't want to find out the hard way if it can't be done...(XP takes some doing to get every thing working)

thanks for any input-

A:Can you reformat NTFS drive back to FAT32 ?

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I have an almost 15GB video file that I want to put on my external 2 TB USB hard drive. Even though is has plenty of space for me to put the file on it, it says I can't put it there because there isn't enough disc space (it is formatted with FAT32, which can have files a maximum of 4GB- this is the reason why it is)

I believe I had this same problem once before, but I don't remember how I solved it. If I reformat the drive as NTFS, I believe it will no longer be able to a hold a maximum of 2TB's of storage. The drive is FAT32 right now, maybe what I did was make it an NTFS partition then convert back to FAT32.

In any event, I need to make it an NTFS partition so I can put this file (I plan to put many more videotapes on it as well) on it. I can't transfer all of the data off the drive to reformat it because I don't have another hard drive that will hold all 668 Gigs of data I currently have on the drive. I did find this- I just want to be sure before I do it. I definitely don't want to lose everything (or ideally- anything) I have on that drive.


stump July 2, 2003 at 17:45:06 Pacific

No big secret! Type in convert to ntfs in the help and support option on the start menu.

To convert a volume to NTFS from the command prompt
Open Command Prompt.
In the command prompt window, type
convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

For example, typing convert D: /fs:ntfs would format drive D: with the ntfs format.

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A:formatting a drive to NTFS without losing data

I would be very careful about any tips suggesting that you can convert from with file system to another. About the only one I saw work without any problems was Windows 95 going from FAT16 to FAT32.

I'm tempted to discuss the resizing of partitions, and then adding another partition to copy everything over. What you can do is shrink the FAT32 partition to as small as possible, also making sure you use a good program to defragment the partition contents to make shrinking as effective as possible. Then format the extra space with exFAT or NTFS, after you are sure which one you would like to use. Finally, with the contents copied over you just delete the FAT32 partition, and expand the NTFS partition to span the entire disk (this part... is not easy as I make it sound). I've shrunk and expanded NTFS partitions natively within Windows Vista/7, however it doesn't work behind the partition, only after it. Using a third party application to make such modifications before a partition could have consequences.

I would recommend that you find somebody else who has enough storage for you to borrow, copy over everything, format the whole thing, and copy the files back over. It would be the simplest and safest option.

I will also mention that you can use something called split archives. This is when a program like 7zip creates files that split the contents across multiple files, putting it below the file size limitation. However to access the file you may have to be patient, as you... Read more

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Got spyware coming out of most orifices and no matter what I do, I get pop-ups and software appearing on my desktop. I really just want to wipe the drive and start again.

However, when I try to do this, it claims I have utilities and programs that need shutdown before it can be done. I've been told there is a real problem with NTFS in this respect and I'm getting desperate.

Can anyone help? I'd be more grateful than a very grateful person for assistance in this matter. Cheers!!

A:Formatting Hard Drive (NTFS Sucks!)

If your still interested in NOT formatting follow these directions.

Please download HijackThis - this program will help us determine if there are any spyware/malware on your computer. Create a folder at C:\HJT and move HijackThis.exe there. Double click on the program to run it.

1. If it gives you an intro screen, just choose 'Do a system scan and save a logfile'.
2. If you don't get the intro screen, just hit Scan and then click on Save log.
3. Get HijackThis Analyzer and save it to the same folder as the hijackthis.log file. Run HijackThis Analyzer and type in y if you agree. The result.txt file will open up in Notepad. Copy the whole result.txt log and post it in the forum. We do not need the original hijackthis.log (unless we ask for it). Do not fix anything in HijackThis since they may be harmless.

However you need not to be in Windows if its the same drive.

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This past week I have been trying to reformat my computer, however every time I try to install windows, I receive errors messages. My friend helped me run a diagnostic program on my computer and all the tests were ok except my file structure test, it failed with many errors. I formatted and checked my hard drive to see if anything was wrong but nothing. The test fails with critical errors after I format my hard drive into NTFS. I've never had this problem before.

I did just install a new motherboard** but I dont think that is the problem because it passed the diagnostic test.

Please help!

A:PROBLEMS after formatting my hard drive into NTFS

Try downloading the latest drivers for your motherboard. Also check the hard drive makers website to see if there are any reported problems.

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I was using SONY Micro Vault 8GB USB Flash drive and it was all well till I formatted it as NTFS. It was already existing with FAT32 and I use WinXP Pro @ office and XP Home @ home. When I insert the drive, I get a popup in the system tray saying 'new hardware detected'. But My computer does not show this drive.

Device manager shows normal for sometime and then after a minute it turns yellow. By this time the system tray baloon says, you have a problem with hardware installation.

I have another flash drive which work perfectly in both the systems.

All started with the format to NTFS. Is there any solutions to reformati it back to FAT32. Can somebody help?

A:Sony USB Flash drive not detected after NTFS formatting

I think by "format" you mean "convert" to NTFS

You cannot go back to Fat32, once converted to NTFS

As for your USB, you could go to Device Manager: (Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc) remove any yellow querried device, and possibly remove all your USB drivers (warning if you remove all your USB devices in Device Manager, any USB mouse or Keyboard will stop working (until restart)

Then reload all your device drivers from your manufactures support website (ie any updated drivers)

You may also need to install the software (if any) that came with your Flash Drive. Just check the Sony webpage for this. (looking up your flash drive)

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Can anyone suggest an app/utility that allows me to format a 64GB SD to FAT32 and select a unit allocation size of 64KB the device I'll be using it with doesn't have this ability.

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I got this message when trying to convert my HDD in Command prompt: Access Denied as you do not have sufficient privileges.
You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode.

I did get it working after I did Run as administrator and it worked, but it takes ages formatting........

The external HDD I was converting is 500GB, due to how long it was taking I cancelled it.

Does anyone know how I can do a quick fat32 formatting or conversion in vista?

A:FAT32 formatting???

Do you mean change the fat32 to something like ntfs? If so then download G-Parted Live.

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I apologise if this has been posted before.

I bought an external HDD today and I want to make two partitions one NTFS and one FAT32 because I want to use it on my ps3. Is this possible? The reason I want a
NTFS partition is because I also want to backup my pc.

Can someone post a tutorial or recommend good software?

My external HDD is a 500GB samsung s2 and my os is windows 7.

Thank you.

A:Formatting partition to FAT32?

Setting up two partitions on your external drive with one FAT32 and the second NTFS is certainly possible, and easy.

I don't know exactly what you plan to do on that FAT32 partition that requires use of FAT32, but if you can survive with a 32GB FAT32 partition I'd suggest you limit it to that value. However FAT32 can certainly be used for much larger partitions than just 32GB. But FAT32 has "vulnerability" during power failures, etc., which requires CHKDSK to be used to verify the integrity of the file system and attempt to repair it (almost always successful, but...).

Make the rest of the drive your NTFS partition. This is essentially a bullet-proof and failsafe and 100% dependable and reliable file system. It is more efficient than FAT32 and should always be used if given a choice.
Anyway, your best and easiest tool for partitioning functions is to download and install Partition Wizard v7 Home Edition. It is extremely intuitive for all types of create, delete, move, resize, etc. functions. All functions other than maintenance on the C-partiton itself (where Win7 lives) can be performed while running the installed version under Win7 itself.

For running other functions on the C-partition which cannot be performed while Win7 itself is up and running, you should also download and burn the ISO image for Partition Wizard Standalone Boot CD. Everything can be done with this standalone boot version, but of course you will not see Windows assigned drive letter... Read more

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I recorded some saved programs on my Dish Network DVR 622 to an external hard drive that formatted it for that purpose according to their instructions. Can the external hard drive now be reused by being hooked up to my standalone computer and reformatted or have I lost it because of that use? If so, how do I do it? I do not want to save anything on the drive--just format it and use it for a different purpose. I no longer have the Dish DVR. When I connect the external drive to my desktop I do not even see an icon for it in My Computer.
Thanks for any help.

A:Formatting external drive after dvr formatting


its possible it has been formatted using a non standard file system, use disk manager to view the drive and remove any partitions on it, then use disk manager to recreate parttions on the drive

Start >settings> control panel> admin tools >computer management >disk manager.

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I am having system with the follwoign config:
I have 17GB HDD with Win Me running. Recently I got one more 10GB hdd and installed it as
Primaty slave and running OK.

AS the disk space has increased I decided to install Linux on my 17gb hdd and dedicated 3GB
partition for the same.
While installing the Redhat linux, it asked for the swap space and Linux native space and
I specified the dedicated 3GB. Linux got installed without any problem. Later after few days,
I wanted to uninstal Linux and use that 3 gb for other work. to do this I removed all the
logical partition using Fdisk but this could not remove Linx partition. and I could not fully format
the HDD.I want to know how to recover that 3GB hdd space formatted in Linux ext2 format.

Partition magic 7.0 is recognising that HDD with Cahresteristic
as 'BAD' and unable to format. After uninstalling the Linux my windows was
not booting from master. Later i reinstalled Win Me on Primary slave and
made the space available. But I am unable to recover the 3GB. Please help
me in recovering the space.

A:{RESOLVED}Formatting the HDD to fat32 from LinuxExt2

The following article may be helpful (although it does not specifically mention WinME, I suspect the procedure will be similar if not identical):


The key is that you must use the Linux fdisk to remove the Linux partition(s), as DOS/Windoze fdisk knows nothing about Linux partitions. Note that you can boot your system using a Linux boot disk; I believe the boot disk also contains fdisk, which you can use to manage your Linux partitions.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks in advance.

For compatibility with a really old system I need to be able to format FAT32 (fdisk type "b") not what Windows 7 does (fdisk type "c"). This is for a compact flash.

Is there a way to do this on my machine so I can remain compatible? I can do it in Linux but I don't always have access to a Linux machine.

A:Formatting older FAT32 (not LBA) in Windows 7

How about a dedicated partition program like Partition Wizard? You could ask on their forum if it goes back that far. It has a reputation as among the best at its job. The iso download is a free but complete program. No features that are not enabled.

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Hi Everyone,

I have a SATA 320GB HDD that is currently formatted NTFS. I wish to temporarily format this drive to FAT32. Neither Win XP Pro or Partition Magic will allow me to do this. If I use a Win 98 boot disk to access Fdisk, will this allow me to format the ENTIRE drive in one partition to FAT32? Thanks.


A:Solved: Advice Needed Formatting FAT32

Download this:

Parted Magic

...and create a bootable CD.

It will format your drive as FAT32 if you wish.

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Hi, can someone please tell me a way of formatting my C partition (NTFS) that I have XP Pro on from DOS. I have noticed that using the XP disk doesn't do a thorough job and sometimes leaves bugs behind that caused the format in the first place.

I have tried using the Partition Magic floppy disk method but it didn't work, it took about 10 seconds to format the 20 gigs which just isn't right.

Any advice appreciated


A:Formatting NTFS from DOS

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I would like to format my ntsf drive before i go back to 2k pro from 2k advanced server. I can not delete my partitions because of files that I need on my D drive. I would just like to format C. How can I go about this?

A:Formatting ntfs

there should be an option in setup of win2k pro to format the drive you are going to install to. I know when I installed it in my dualboot I choose the option to format in ntfs

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Hi, i have WinME and i was planning to buy a new hard drive and format it into NTFS, i was just wondering how i would go about this?

Thanx in advance,

A:Formatting into NTFS

WinME cannot use NTFS partitions. You need WinNT, Win2k, or WinXP to use NTFS.

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What are the techniques of NTFS formatting for getting best result?(OS=Windows XP SP2)? What will be the cluster size and what will be the version of NTFS ?

A:NTFS Formatting

Well, the version of NTFS will be fixed by XP, and the best cluster size is the default of 4kb/cluster.

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Help, I changed XP to NTFS and it sucks. If I reinstall XP will I be able to get FAT32 back?

A:NTFS back to Fat32

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Hi! .A friend has an old laptop that has had a few problems. At the present, the cd-rom drive doesn't work. His daughter has a couple of gigs of pictures on it that he wants to save. I figure I can use a flash drive to copy the pictures to my computer, then burn them to disc to copy to his desktop. The laptop is formatted in FAT32, and my computer is formatted in NTFS. If i use the flash drive on the laptop, it's formatted in FAT32, and the file format is then FAT32. If I copy the files to the flash drive, and then copy them to the NTFS computer, they'll be converted to NTFS, right? Then if I burn them to a cd, they'll be in NTFS format, right? But when I copy them to his desktop, which is FAT32, then they'll be converted back to FAT32, right? Am I correct in these assumptions? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks..

A:FAT32 To NTFS And Back?

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Hi all,
I converted my D: to NTFS not knowning that my recovery software needs my D: to be FAT32 in order to create a backup image of my C: windows.
Is there a way out of this? as I'm tired of having to reinstall all my other stuff that did'nt come with the "factory settings"

Thanks for your time and help.

A:From NTFS back to FAT32?

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If I copy data from an NTFS drive to a FAT32 drive, can I copy it back to another NTFS drive
without screwing up my life?

That sounds like a weird thing to do, but that's not the issue here.

A:NTFS to FAT32 and back again

Sure, that's no problem. The data isn't tied to the format, other than FAT has a file size limitation of a couple of gigabytes on a single file.

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I've just finished my search in finding a good tech support forum and decided on joining this one

My question is that I currently have Win2000 Pro installed on my C drive which is 38GB under NTFS.

I now however want to go back to Windows 98 but I'm needing to convert my c drive back to FAT32. I tried with Partition Magic 7 but I got this:

Error #1681
Data is compressed or sparce, File 2226 (128).
Click OK to cancel conversion.

I'm stuck for ideas.

I don't care if I loose everything on my C drive as I have everything I need backed up. I just want to covert back to FAT32 from NTFS.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


A:NTFS - want to go back to FAT32

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When I purchased my computer, it came with windows me, and the hd formatted with the FAT32 file system. I bought the windows xp home edition upgrade a couple months ago which I'm now running. I was gonna reformat my hd sometime anyway and I've heard great things about the NTFS format. Also, because my hd is over 30 gigs, I've heard that FAT32 isn't supposed to be used. However, my Windows XP home edition is only an upgrade. So, I would have to reformat my hd and install windows xp after installing windows me. However, from what I know, Windows ME doesn't support the NTFS format and wouldn't run or something. Is there any way for me to reformat in NTFS format with my current hardware (without using a secondary hd or something like that)?

A:Formatting HD in NTFS question

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I have a Compaq Presario 5106CA, 40GB HD and 384 MB RAM. Currently XP Pro installed but with lots of problems. I need to install programming software but in order to have all the features I need NTFS. I am planning to format and install from the XP disk on boot up.

1.: How to I know what my partition size should be? If I select 4KB cluster size does it recognize what size a partition should be and warn of wasted space or does the process allow me to have complete ignorant control of the process. Should I have the boot and system files on a separate partition or is it not of any great benefit?
2.: I think I may have drive overlay software. When I boot up I see Compaq show on the screen which is one indication of it. My concern is that if I format I am assuming that I loose the drive overlay software and I don't know what role that plays with my bios system or anything else for that matter. I can't find anything at the Compaq community forums which answer this question and my warranty for software support has expired.
3.: Do I need to format as Dynamic Disk or is it a bad idea? How would I know?

I have done lots of reading but nothing really says "why" you would want to do something as opposed to simply stating what you "can" do. Example: I can format my drive as one volume - but is it the optimal solution? Some good advice would be oh so nice at this point!

A:Formatting & Partioning NTFS

as far as cluster size is concerned, it shouldn't be necessary to set it manually; most likely, it's not even be an option. personally, if i only had 1 hard drive i would have at least 2 partitions on it, one for system, and one for backing stuff up. xp will make a second partition for its system restore feature, but i would still want another.

do you have a set of "system restore" disks, that restores your computer to factory condition (software-wise), or just the xp install disk? if the former, then drive overlay software should be installed along with everything else, if it's there. if the latter, i don't know. most manufactured systems (dell, gateway, compaq, etc.) will boot up with the company logo or something like that, so i don't think it's an indication of such software. i DOUBT disk overlay software has anything to do with BIOS, but i don't KNOW, and you can quote me : )

i definitely wouldn't format any drives with dynamic volumes right off the bat. you can upgrade to dynamic from basic, but you can't go back. do basic to start with, and do some research to see it dynamic volumes are what you need.

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Hey guys,

I never have figured out what is the best format table to use..

-I have a 64gig (m.2 NGFF) SSD (mydigitalSSD)

I am about to format it. Is there any benefit or reason why I would format it with either EXfat or NTFS?

Obviously I want speed.. so I'm not sure which to choose..

A:Formatting SSD with EXfat? NTFS?

I would go with NTFS, especially if you're installing an OS on it.

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Replaced old dc5000Mt with another one and it has NTFS on it I want
to covert it to FAT32.went into cmd to try to convert it but it tells me that
It is invalid or incorrect file.Can anyone suggest something.

A:convert NTFS back to FAT32

jcTAZMAN said:

Replaced old dc5000Mt with another one and it has NTFS on it I want
to covert it to FAT32.went into cmd to try to convert it but it tells me that
It is invalid or incorrect file.Can anyone suggest something.Click to expand...

You will either have to reformat your hard drive or you can use a third party utility such as Partiton Magic.

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