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Converting new (empty) external HDD from NTFS to Fat32???

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Initial post: Jun 14, 2012 11:53:27 AM PDT
J. O. says:
I'm looking for a site I can't seem to find again... (should really have saved it), that had a free program that converted an external HDD from NTFS to Fat32 format really quick.

It wasn't one of those ad-happy sites that are trying to sell you stuff on 90% of the page but was like a open software site that was really informative. It had simple pictures of the program running showing each step you needed to take to get the Hard Drive converted.

It wasn't anything about converting existing files but simply about converting an empty HD from NTFS drive to Fat32. And, it only took a few seconds for the whole process to finish a 500gb drive.
Oh, and it wasn't limited in the size of the drive you could format.

The whole program only needed to be run and not installed at all to work. Again, it wasn't on one of those sites that deal in trial software.... This one was open source. And, it didn't run the program in a c:/ or w/e prompt screen. It worked just like a regular program install window, but w/o the installing.

If anyone could help me find either this site i'm talking about, or point me to something similar that you may have found... I'd really appreciate it.
(And, you may need to leave out the .com or change the o to a 0 or something... to be sure the post isn't removed by amazon for linking to an external site.)

But, again, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted on Jun 19, 2012 1:31:50 AM PDT
Scott Paeth says:
There are a few open-source CDROM or USB stick distributions you can use; Parted Magic comes to mind.
If you already have Windows installed on another drive, you can use the Disk Management tool (diskmgmt.msc) to format it, or the format command from the command line, I believe.
If your aim is to install Windows on the hard-drive, you can always select the format type when you are in the installer.
Lastly, if you are looking to install Linux, the same as above applies.
Feel free to ask for clarifications!

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 12:07:19 PM PDT
J. O. says:
I'm really just trying to make it readable for a PS3.
And, I know from experience that you have to format it in Fat32 to make it readable.

I remember searching something on google when I found that site that had the free program that I only had to run and didn't have to install anything to format one I purchased about 2 yrs ago.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 6:21:53 AM PDT
MBK9829 says:
Can you not simply right-click on the the new external HDD when its connected to your PC first and select "Format" and then in the option under "File System" choose FAT32?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 10:14:56 AM PDT
Scott Paeth says:
Ah, I missed that it was an external, which is why I gave all those answers for scenarios lacking an operating system. Thanks :)

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:10:13 AM PDT
Buddy says:
Here you go dude, this is an super easy program, I just used it to format an old IDE laptop drive I slapped into a cheap enclosure I got off here. FAT 32 usually only lets you format 32Gb but this program works great. Also don't forget it wont take files over 4gb.... Enjoy

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 12:10:28 AM PDT
Jay says:
this one?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 5:21:26 PM PDT
Look for Fat32Formatter 1.1 I have it but can't remember where from.It works great and free.
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