Format External HDD

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mike09, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. mike09

    mike09 Moderator

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    i just got a 80gig WD drive and but it in my external enclosure. i want to format it to fat32 but how would i go about doing this.
    i tryed to go through disk management and creat a new partition but will only allow me to format to NTFS. also should i make a primary or extended partition? many thanks in advance.
     
  2. devynal

    devynal The Idiot Circus Boy

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    Will this be just a secondary drive or will you boot from it? I know if you boot from an XP CD to a new drive it'll ask you if you what file system to format it to, FAT32 or NTFS.
     
  3. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Source: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q314463

    You could try creating the partition in Disk Management, and then formatting it from the Command Prompt (Start>Run>cmd) using "format X: /FS:FAT32"
     
  4. Elroy Jetson

    Elroy Jetson Little Dipper School

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    if this is your secondary drive, go to your command prompt and use the "format" command!

    Formats a disk for use with Windows XP.

    FORMAT volume [/FS:file-system] [/V:label] [/Q] [/A:size] [/C] [/X]
    FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/F:size]
    FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/T:tracks /N:sectors]
    FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q]
    FORMAT volume [/Q]

    volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
    mount point, or volume name.
    /FS:filesystem Specifies the type of the file system (FAT, FAT32, or NTFS).
    /V:label Specifies the volume label.
    /Q Performs a quick format.
    /C NTFS only: Files created on the new volume will be compressed
    by default.
    /X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. All opened
    handles to the volume would no longer be valid.
    /A:size Overrides the default allocation unit size. Default settings
    are strongly recommended for general use.
    NTFS supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K.
    FAT supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
    (128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).
    FAT32 supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
    (128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).

    Note that the FAT and FAT32 files systems impose the
    following restrictions on the number of clusters on a volume:

    FAT: Number of clusters <= 65526
    FAT32: 65526 < Number of clusters < 4177918

    Format will immediately stop processing if it decides that
    the above requirements cannot be met using the specified
    cluster size.

    NTFS compression is not supported for allocation unit sizes
    above 4096.

    /F:size Specifies the size of the floppy disk to format (1.44)
    /T:tracks Specifies the number of tracks per disk side.
    /N:sectors Specifies the number of sectors per track.


    (ah, good old DOS!)
    (damn, NetRyder beat me to it!)
     
  5. mikill

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    make the partition primary and if you really need fat32, you're gonna have to make 3 partitions to use all 80 gigs of that hdd.
     
  6. mike09

    mike09 Moderator

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    also i have a little 10gig formated to fat32 but when i plug it in it shows up like a normal drive in my computer not a removeable storage device.