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    Default Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    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.

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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    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

    As far as I know, 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/
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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    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.

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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

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

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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    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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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    Isn't the drive already formatted in FAT32?

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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    I can only assume he had formatted it to NTFS himself.

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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    Actually the drive is still in the box and was told that it's NTFS. Unless I was given the wrong info...this is the one I'm talking about. If it's not NTFS do I just take it out of the box and format it directly to FAT32...or is it already FAT32?

    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/pro...sp?DriveID=525

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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    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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    Default Re: Best way to format WD passport from NTFS to FAT32

    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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