HDD Formatting

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HDD Formatting

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Hello, I have a 500gb usb hard drive. I need to reformat it into FAT32 so it will work in my car radio. The only option is exFAT.
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Re: HDD Formatting

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How to Format External Hard Drive to FAT32 in Windows says that the easiest way to do this is with the DOS command

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format /FS:FAT32 X:
(Replace X: with the current drive letter)
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Thanks for your prompt reply. Will report back soon.

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I tried the DOS method first, it failed.
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As my drive is WD, I tried some of the suggestions in your link, but have not managed to do it yet,
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It may just be very slow, rather than failed. Try waiting for a VERY long time (up to a day).
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It did complete its task in about 4.5 hours, that's when I got the failed message as hdd was too large.
Will continue next weekend.
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The maximum size that fat32 can use is 32gig You would have to re-partition the drive into 32g partitions

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Hi madman, I have given up on converting it to FAT32 as I have given it a new task that is compatible with NTFS.
Thanks anyway.
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