Reformat Drive to FAT32

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    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?

    Thanks,
    Andrew
     
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    mad jew

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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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    TMA

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    I don't think you can.
     
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    superbovine

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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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    yellow

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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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    ChrisFromCanada

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    That is exactly what I was thinking
     
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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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    jeremy.king

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    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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