Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

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  1. boneca22

    boneca22 Notebook Geek

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    I have a WD passport and I'd like to convert it from NTFS to FAT32. The reason is that I'm planning to buy a Philips divx player with USB and it will only work with FAT32 drives.

    Thanks.
     
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    Copy/move all your files off.
    Press Windows Key+r
    type
    format x: /fs:fat32
    (where x is the wd passport drive letter)

    alternately
    Copy/move all your files off.
    right-click external drive in my computer -> format
    select fat32

    AFAIK, you can convert from FAT to NTFS but not the other way around.

    edit: I just read this and maybe Windows can't format drives larger than 32GB into FAT32/
     
  3. Purehazard

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    Easiest way would be to copy all your data out first and use Swissknife to format as FAT32. I'm assuming you're running XP or Vista so any drive larger than something like 30 or 40 GB cannot be formatted as FAT32 with the Windows formatting tool.
     
  4. boneca22

    boneca22 Notebook Geek

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    My hard drive is 250GB so doing it in windows is not an option I guess. I'll read up on Swissknife....thanks.
     
  5. swarmer

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    gparted can format it too if I remember correctly. (It's not a Windows app though... you'd need to burn a livecd or something.)
     
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    Isn't the drive already formatted in FAT32?
     
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    I can only assume he had formatted it to NTFS himself.
     
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    boneca22 Notebook Geek

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    I had a 120 GB WD drive and used their software to re-format it FAT 32. IIRC, the formatter is somewhere on the Western Digital site.
     
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    If it's not formatted already with FAT32 you can always format it within Windows. Yes copy all files in the drive prior to doing so. On Windows Explorer, click on the external hard drive and it will give you the option of formatting the drive... NTFS or FAT32. You can do Quick or Standard formatting.
     
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