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Old May 21, 2005, 07:54 PM   #1
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Reformat Drive to FAT32

How does one reformat an external hard drive to FAT32 format.
I orginally had the drive as NTFS, but Tiger won't write to it, then I reformated it to HTS+ (I think, whatever the first option in Disk Utility is). But I would like to format to FAT32 so I can use the drive on both a windows box and on my powerbook. How do I reformat my drive to FAT32 in Tiger?

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Old May 21, 2005, 08:22 PM   #2
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I can't think of a Tiger solution but hopefully someone else will be able to.

Otherwise, can you get the PC to format it?
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How do I reformat my drive to FAT32 in Tiger?
I don't think you can.
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I don't think you can.
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Old May 22, 2005, 06:45 PM   #5
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Before proceeding with this tip, be sure to read Tiger compatibility thread on the bottom.

If you don't need to partition the drive (only need 1 FAT32 partition), the most obvious solution is to use Windows.
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Old May 22, 2005, 09:58 PM   #6
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Open Disk Utility.

Select the drive in the window (the DRIVE, not the name of the drive that you've given it).

Select the Erase tab.

Select MS-DOS File System from the select bar.

Click Erase.

poof. FAT32.
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Old May 22, 2005, 10:18 PM   #7
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Open Disk Utility.

Select the drive in the window (the DRIVE, not the name of the drive that you've given it).

Select the Erase tab.

Select MS-DOS File System from the select bar.

Click Erase.

poof. FAT32.
That is exactly what I was thinking
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Old May 23, 2005, 03:48 AM   #8
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Ahhh

Okay, thank you.
I didn't know the MS Dos selection was FAT32... I'm obviously very knowledgeable.

Anyways, I did try MS Dos before I started this thread… it worked with both windows and mac but was much slower than HFS+ or whatever. Too bad there isn’t a format that is fast and cross compatible.
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Old May 23, 2005, 11:27 AM   #9
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Well, you could try my solution: link
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Okay, thank you.
I didn't know the MS Dos selection was FAT32... I'm obviously very knowledgeable.

Anyways, I did try MS Dos before I started this thread… it worked with both windows and mac but was much slower than HFS+ or whatever. Too bad there isn’t a format that is fast and cross compatible.
For $50 you can pick up MacDrive which will allow your PC to read/write mac formatted disks.

Guess it depends on your need for using the drive on a Windows PC, and what tolerance you have for the "slow" FAT32 filesystem.
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