Will Disk Utility Format My Partition to FAT32?

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  1. farmerku macrumors regular

    farmerku

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    I noticed in disc utility that under the erase tab it has the option to format a drive to fat32. If I create a windows partition using bootcamp and then go into disk utility and erase to fat32 will this allow a boot into the xp drive? My xp disc keeps restarting before it gives me the opportunity to format the drive to either a ntfs or a fat so I need a way around this?
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    You have to first create the BC partition using the Assistant, then reboot with the Windows installer CD. After that you'll format the new partition using the Windows utility to either NTFS or FAT32.

    Doing it through the Mac's Disk Utility won't do it for you if you're installing Windows.
     
  3. farmerku thread starter macrumors regular

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    My problem is that the Windows installer never gives me the format option. It just restarts after installing of the bootcamp drive and then of course its not formatted and will not boot into windows.
     
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    OK, specifically what kind of XP disk do you have?
     
  5. farmerku thread starter macrumors regular

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    Windows XP OEM with Service Pack 2

    I have found some information that tells me to download a program called FreeDOS and to use that to reformat the drive then run Boot Camp and install xp and it claims this should work.

    Thanks for your help. If you have a better solution it would be appreciated! Thanks
     

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