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So I am trying to format my external HDD to Fat32. The volume is set for 250gb, and it is going to be used as a video source in my car for my new head unit (Pioneer avh3300bt). Now, the option to choose Fat32 wasn't available in disk manager in win7, so I had to jump into cmd prompt. Set it over night to format from NTFS to Fat32, but woke up to the outcome saying the volume was to large for Fat32. Any suggestions on how to get this done? I need Fat32 for the head unit to recognize it (I can also do exFat, but not sure if the unit will recognize that).
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When you used Fdisk did you tell it to enable large disk support? (Step 2 under format and partition master hard disk) Here is Microsoft's guide on Fdisk: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255867
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post #3 of 11
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In command promt I am entering

format /FS:FAT32 G:

The drive is already partitioned to 250gb via disk manager. When I enter the command and I only prompted to proceed and then it begins the proccess, at which point it says the volume was too large for fat32.
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post #4 of 11
have you tried an external program? Like the HP usb disk storage tool?
http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197
it is suppose to allow creation of disks larger then 32gb when using fat32
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
have you tried an external program? Like the HP usb disk storage tool?
http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197
it is suppose to allow creation of disks larger then 32gb when using fat32
I am honestly not partial to 3rd party options, but giving it a shot. Installing it now.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by waldoh74 View Post
I am honestly not partial to 3rd party options, but giving it a shot. Installing it now.
I have used it many times before. I know I used it to format my USB drives to NTFS before you were able to do it with windows. So it is a good program, and I know of a ton of techs that use it.
post #7 of 11
http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/

Worked for me and my PS3.
    
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post #8 of 11
Windows itself will not allow volumes larger than FAT32 to be formatted with the OSes own tools.

Personally, if for some reason I need a larger FAT32 volume, I use fat32format: http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/ind...at32format.htm

Tiny, command line based, requires no install what so ever and doesn't leave any crap behind.
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when I format to things to fat32 for whatever reason I use that hp tool as well.
 
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HP tool worked perfectly, thanks!
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