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I have an external Seagate HDD that I'd like to use with the PS3 (for quickly transferring media). It needs to be in FAT32. But when I try to change its file system, but I'm not presented with that option.

I've tinkered around with Windows Disk Management and I didn't see any option for this. I've also got Norton Partition Magic at my disposal.

Is there a way for me to change it to FAT32 or am I pretty much stuck with this?


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Isn't there a limit in Windows of only 32GB for Fat32?

A way around this should be to just get a bootable partition (G-parted, Clonezilla) software, and create the partition there in Fat32. Otherwise you will be stuck with Fat32 is all you have is Windows OS.
post #3 of 10
never heard of exfat but have you tried that option?
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Isn't there a limit in Windows of only 32GB for Fat32?

A way around this should be to just get a bootable partition (G-parted, Clonezilla) software, and create the partition there in Fat32. Otherwise you will be stuck with Fat32 is all you have is Windows OS.
Nah I'm not sure where that 32GB limitation came from but it doesnt apply here. I think back in Win98 days or something maybe. My other external drive is a 500GB WD that's in FAT32. That one switched file systems easily...not sure what's up with this one.

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Originally Posted by k0rnh0li0 View Post
never heard of exfat but have you tried that option?
Yea it's not compatabile with the PS3.


What I'm trying now is from command prompt I typed 'format h: /FS:FAT32' and now it's formatting. It's taking FOREVER though. It's been formatting for at least a couple hours now and the drive is only 250GB big. Hopefully it'll work though. If not I'll have to try out that software above.
Edited by ElMikeTheMike - 8/23/09 at 1:22pm
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post #5 of 10
I need to do the exact samething.

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What I'm trying now is from command prompt I typed 'format h: /FS:FAT32' and now it's formatting. It's taking FOREVER though. It's been formatting for at least a couple hours now and the drive is only 250GB big. Hopefully it'll work though. If not I'll have to try out that software above.
I tried that on my drive that's also 250GB and it said "The volume is to big for FAT32."
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Al...on_Table#FAT32

Most importantly, besides the volume size limitation, is the FILE SIZE LIMITATION: "The maximum possible size for a file on a FAT32 volume is 4 GB minus 1 byte (232−1 bytes). Video applications, large databases, and some other software easily exceed this limit. Larger files require another formatting type such as NTFS."
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post #7 of 10
i forget whether there's an option on the ps3 to format. if there is, try that?
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i dotn think they give you that option on the ps3.

your going to have to find a smaller drive to do fat32 then i'm guessing?
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Use a Linux Distro, and format it that way. You can specify several different types of formats that way. Sorry I am not being more specific, I am in the middle of class.
Edited by Lige - 8/24/09 at 3:48pm
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Quote:
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Use a Linux Distro, and format it that way. You can specify several different types of formats that way. Sorry I am not being more specific, I am in the middle of class.
Puppy Linux has a manager built in, and the whole distro is pretty small. I use mine for diagnostics.
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