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how to format a 500gb external hard drive to fat32 using windows 7 [duplicate]

I want to partition and format my 3TB wdbacw0030hnk-01 western digital external hard drive. I want to partition the drive to at least 2 partitions, one being 500gb (512,000 MB) and the rest to 2TB ...
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How much data storage capacity will be lost converting from FAT32 to NTFS?

I want to convert my 1TB (931GB) and 2TB (1.81TB) external hard drives from FAT32 to NTFS file system to support larger files. I've done some research on how to do it but before I decide if I should ...
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testdisk to recover formatted external

I accidentally reformatted a 1TB external hard drive from FAT32 to HFS+ Journaled (Mac OSX Extended Journaled). I've been looking at data recovery programs such as VirtualLab's Data Recovery and ...
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Windows 8: Cannot access external drives. “Location is not available” “Access is Denied”

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formatting ext3 to fat32/ntfs on windows 7

In a failed attempt to install Linux Mint on an external hard drive, I damaged the disk. Now, it does not show up in the 'My Computer' folder or in Disk Management. I speculate it might have to do ...
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Partition External Hard Drive 1.5TB which is on FAT32 format into 3 partitions of 500GB each in Windows 7

I would like to partition a 1.5TB external hard drive which is in FAT32 format into 3 partitions of 500GB each.
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Windows XP machine not seeing external FAT32 partitions correctly

About 8 months ago my Windows XP laptop stopped being able to see FAT32 external drives when I plug them in... mostly. I will explain... It happens with all my FAT32 drives, whether they be ...
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How to format External Western Digital hard disk when all NTFS boot sectors cannot be written to

I want to format my external hard drive which is a Western Digital 500GB, through cmd dos command. But it fails because all NTFS boot sectors are not writable. Here are the commands I gave and what I ...
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formatted external hard drive (FAT32) is un recognizable in Windows 7

So I bought a new 500GB external hard drive. I have a Windows 7 and a OSX 10.5.2 Leopard (Which I'm very new to) I've heard formatting the drive to Fat32 would make it compatible with Windows and ...
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Why does external HDD have a working Recycle Bin?

I have just purchased a new external portable HDD - Buffalo MiniStation 500GB, USB 2. I am using it on Windows XP Home SP 3. The drive is pre-formatted with FAT32. I notice that when I delete ...
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Converting an External Hard drive to NTFS

I am trying to convert my external hard drive from fat32 to ntfs. If possible, I want to avoid losing the data or having transfer it off and back on and formatting ( I have about 400gb of data). I am ...
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Formatting FAT32 partition on 500GB HDD

I've just bought a 500GB usb hdd and I saw it has one primary FAT32 partition using all the space... sounds good... Then I tried some configuration and finally needed to reformat hdd with a single ...
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FAT32 External HDD won't open in Windows 7

I run both Ubuntu and Windows 7 machines. I would like to use an external HDD. I read that if it is formatted to FAT32 bot OS's should read it. Win7 is not reading it. How do I get Windows to ...
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Mac Finder thumbnails on portable drives lost

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Format an external hard disk to FAT32, only option showing is NTFS

I am trying to format an external hard disk to FAT32 (I need it to work with some hardware that expects it to be in FAT32). When I am trying to format it via Windows the only option get is to format ...
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Yes, why can't I? I was stashing away some old photography backup zips last night. I could copy 4 of my > 1 GB backup zips to my external USB connected hard-drive when I got the error message "Cannot ...
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Using Windows XP Professional SP3, how do I reformat an external hard drive as FAT32?

I'll soon be getting a new laptop with Windows Vista or Windows 7 and turning my current laptop into a Linux box. Since FAT32 works out of the box on both Windows and Linux machines and I've had some ...