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My PS3 broke down and i am trying to fix it, hopefully this can be done by formatting and reinstalling the OS on its HDD.

The HDD is a standard laptop 2.5" drive.

I have tried swapping it with my laptop's HDD, running the Windows 7 install DVD and running a bunch of commands from a command line:

diskpart list

select disk 0

create partition primary

format E: /FS:FAT32

This fails with an error that the volume is too large (120GB) to be formatted with FAT32.

How can i format this drive to FAT32? (PS3 forums suggest this is the right way in order to properly restore the OS later on).

Note that i don't have access to an actual machine running operating system UI (since i have room for only 1 drive in the laptop).

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Format it as NTFS first, then reformat it with fat32format - the second formatting is VERY fast, and the first format is primarily so that the drive will get a letter - if there's a drive letter already you can skip this step

Windows XP and newer does not support formatting drives larger than 32 gb by design so a third party tool is needed to do this

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This tool from verbatim will do the trick (Fat32 tool.exe)

It was linked to in this article Their link works but you cannot download the tool from the Verbatim site linked to., alternate link provided above.

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Try adding the flag /A:8192 to the format line, to increase the allocation unit size

Formatting FAT32 partition on 500GB HDD

If that doesn't work, I'd recommend getting hold of, or creating, a live USB bootable version of some flavour of linux, and formatting the drive with that `mkfs -t vfat /dev/hda1'

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