Switch file system NTSF 2 Fat32????

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by FrankieJ, Apr 27, 2003.

  1. FrankieJ

    FrankieJ Guest

    i used to have the option but now it seems to have disappeared?
    using WinXP Pro, 40 gig Maxtor but when go and format drive only have NTSF option? any1 know how i get to have both NTSF and Fat32 options? any help would be good thanks!
     
  2. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    you can boot into the recovery console and use FORMAT C: /FS:FAT32
     
  3. sboulema

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    but wouldn't that destroy all your data :eek: I would say go with partition magic 8.
     
  4. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    He didn't say he was converting, he said he didn't get the option when formatting ;)

    I think he wanted to erase all the data
     
  5. Dark Atheist

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    I had this prob with win2k and xp - seems it dont like it if you try and format a drive any higher than 32GB as fat32 :mad:

    All i did was to make two partitions 1 @ 32GB and the other @ 5.2GB and install to the 32GB partition and put my 4GB swap file on the 5GB - but i had to re-install anyway so made no difference to me.

    Have had a few probs with partition magic 8 - it wiped my drive once :( , so back up b4 u use it
     
  6. j79zlr

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    Size doesn't matter :cool: :D

    Some BIOSes might have issues with large drives, but usually only old ones, and there are BIOS flashes available to fix most of them. WindowsXP didn't support drives larger than 137GB, but SP1 fixed that, same with the latest service pack for 2000, I'm not sure about Me, 98, and down.

    The actual limit to FAT32 is 2TB, 2048GB.
     
  7. Dark Atheist

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    strange then why neither 2k or xp would format to the full 40GB for me :huh: