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    How to format a 1tb drive to fat32

    Am trying to format an external hard drive to fat32 so it can be used with a PS3. Obviously Windows has no options in disk management.

    Last night I started the process using the command prompt and after 14 hours of it saying it was doing it I got the message "The volume is too big for fat32"

    From Google it seems a tool called SwissKnife will do it, however I have installed said program and it won't work, ie I open the program and it immediately crashes

    Any suggestions?

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    Swiss Knife?

    Dont do it! You'll never get it back together again! X)

    I know i have a couple of Fat32 1TB drives so 100% definitely can be done.... just cant remember..... But Completely sure I did it inside windows and not a third paty app.

    What OS? Windows 7?

    Original Poster

    Yeah, win7. Can only see ntfs and exfat (dont know what that is?)

    Banned

    Do you want to send the PM Sancho or shall I? X)

    Im sure u can do it in cmd but i cant remember the command

    or you can google EASEUS Partition Manager which allows you to format in FAT32

    Original Poster

    guv

    Do you want to send the PM Sancho or shall I? X)



    You can

    Thanks for other suggestions.

    In cmd I used something like fs format:e fat32. It went ok, just the size I suppose, although others appear to have used this method with success

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    For PS3? You not going FTP route?

    Original Poster

    timtom13

    click this link … click this link http://lmgtfy.com/?q=How+to+format+a+1tb+drive+to+fat32+windows+7



    I seem to being stalked by loons, I regret mentioning in jtt's thread that I want one.

    If you read the op you will notice that I have used Google but hit a brick wall. Or did you think I just knew the command for formatting to fat32?

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    master_chief

    For PS3? You not going FTP route?




    Have installed awesomefiletransfer which is supposed to speed up. But using multiman to take it directly off the disc it wouldn't recognise the hdd, presumably due to formatting.

    timtom13

    click this link … click this link http://lmgtfy.com/?q=How+to+format+a+1tb+drive+to+fat32+windows+7



    that very old joke doesn't work as well when you actually show the text..fail

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    sancho1983

    Have installed awesomefiletransfer which is supposed to speed up. But … Have installed awesomefiletransfer which is supposed to speed up. But using multiman to take it directly off the disc it wouldn't recognise the hdd, presumably due to formatting.



    You not FTPing to internal HDD?

    Original Poster

    master_chief

    You not FTPing to internal HDD?



    Nope, internal only has 28gb or so remaining. Although I suppose I could try it.

    I have a few to put on there

    Edit: Also wasn't sure how to do it. Will have a look, presume there's no issue with plugging in an Ethernet cable, didn't want it to auto update the firmware!

    Edited by: "sancho1983" 26th May 2011

    djnaff

    HP USB FORMAT TOOLUse this ^




    I would recommend this tool aswell. I had to use it to format to Fat32 (A USB Pendrive for PS3) worked a treat.
    Edited by: "steev08" 26th May 2011

    Original Poster

    djnaff

    HP USB FORMAT TOOLUse this ^



    This appears to have formatted it correctly but left me with 128gb free of 1tb, is that normal?

    Might try the other one suggested

    sancho1983

    I seem to being stalked by loons, I regret mentioning in jtt's thread … I seem to being stalked by loons, I regret mentioning in jtt's thread that I want one.If you read the op you will notice that I have used Google but hit a brick wall. Or did you think I just knew the command for formatting to fat32?


    What /
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    sancho1983

    I seem to being stalked by loons, I regret mentioning in jtt's thread … I seem to being stalked by loons, I regret mentioning in jtt's thread that I want one.If you read the op you will notice that I have used Google but hit a brick wall. Or did you think I just knew the command for formatting to fat32?


    DFTT! Guys a complete loon sancho.

    Original Poster

    csiman

    DFTT! Guys a complete loon sancho.



    I noticed whenever he edits his comments he mentions you.

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Use the ridgecrop link above, works great and is the main one we … Use the ridgecrop link above, works great and is the main one we recommend on here, people been using it for years.



    Thanks.

    Have just set off 'easeus' doing it. We'll see what happens

    Banned

    Buy a new internal HDD for it. I have the 320gig PS3 and have about 20 games on there with plenty spare. Get a 500gigger and you should be good for all the games you can possibly play!

    Original Poster

    master_chief

    Buy a new internal HDD for it. I have the 320gig PS3 and have about 20 … Buy a new internal HDD for it. I have the 320gig PS3 and have about 20 games on there with plenty spare. Get a 500gigger and you should be good for all the games you can possibly play!



    Is it simple? The reason I used external is because I had one lying around

    sancho1983

    I noticed whenever he edits his comments he mentions you.


    Thats because csiman suck`s mentula

    Original Poster

    How do you manage to get your apostrophe usage so wrong? If you're not sure then just don't put one anywhere........

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    sancho1983

    How do you manage to get your apostrophe usage so wrong? If you're not … How do you manage to get your apostrophe usage so wrong? If you're not sure then just don't put one anywhere........



    How can you get your ellipsis usage so wrong...

    Original Poster

    Sorry...

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    timtom13

    Thats because csiman suck`s mentula


    only in your dreams boy!

    best get back to bed for some satisfaction
    Edited by: "csiman" 27th May 2011
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