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How do I get the drive from ntfs to fat32?

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I am going to use a hard drive for my 360.I need to change it from ntfs to fat32.

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This is an oft-asked question, and unfortunately, there is no clean or easy way of doing this. Some might ask why, and the answer to that is rather simple: FAT32 is an older file system, and Microsoft wants to move people away from it. NTFS is superior to FAT32 in almost every way, and there is no compelling reason for users to use it anymore. Converting NTFS back to FAT32 should be considered a last resort in all cases.

Essentially, your options boil down to doing one of two things: reformatting the drive or partition (which results in the data being destroyed) or shelling out for a third-party program. Unfortunately, Windows does not have a built-in tool to convert backwards, like one can to convert from FAT/FAT32 to NTFS. Enter Partition Magic. Partition Magic allows you to convert an NTFS partition back to FAT32, but there is a reason that Partition Magic is not so lovingly referred to as "Partition Tragic". Often conversions simply fail, or worse, destroy data.

This guide is to walk you through the former method of conversion: deleting a partition, and recreating it anew as FAT32. However, no matter which route you choose, backing up your data should be your first priority.

First off, delete the partition that you wish to convert. This is done by going into Disk Management: right click "My Computer" -> Manage -> Disk Management, which is found under the Storage section. Right click the partition you wish to remove, and click "Delete Volume". This will erase the partition. Once you have done this, you must re-create the partition. This is done by right clicking on an unallocated region of a disk, and selecting "Create Partition". Then click "Create Logical Drive". Bear in mind that Windows cannot format a FAT32 partition that is any larger than 32GB. This is the case because FAT32 is terribly inefficient on volumes that are larger than 32GB: fragmentation becomes a serious problem.

To format this new volume, right click it, and choose Format. Again, if the volume you wish to format is larger than 32GB, FAT32 will not be one of the options available to you in the drop-down box. You will have to create multiple partitions if you want to format a large drive as FAT32.
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In other words:
1. Back-up your data
2. Get Partition Magic (or some other 3rd-party hard drive partitioning software)
3. Delete all partitions on the hard drive
4. Make a new partition the size of the hard drive

Apparently 2000/XP can only format FAT32 partitions of up to 32GB, but I believe as long as your using 3rd party software, you will be able to create a partition the size of the hd. More info.

That should do it.
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Get Gparted, and format it in FAT32
and so you know,
confirmed it does creat FAT32 partitions
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/features.php
u can also download it from that site
    
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Windows, being its restrictive usual self, doesn't allow you to make a FAT32 partition bigger than 32GB (or was it less?)

Use some Linux live distro's partitioning utility to do it.
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