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how do I format a usb drive in FAT32 format greater than 32 GB

Posted on 2008-11-16
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Windows XP only allows me to format the drive in FAT32 format with size less than 32 GB

I think the physical drive has a capacity of 500 GB

I wish to use with playstation 3 so must be in FAT32 format.   What program can I use to format the drive at more than 32GB?
Question by:Zarbs

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tibble2 earned 400 total points
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Windows 2000 and Windows XP can read and write to FAT32 file systems of any size, but the format program included in Windows 2000 and higher can only create FAT32 file systems of 32 GB or less. This limitation is by design and according to Microsoft was imposed because many tasks on a very large FAT32 file system become slow and inefficient. This limitation can be bypassed by using third-party formatting utilities or by using the built-in FORMAT.EXE command-line utility.

try this: http://www.killdisk.com/
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PUNKY earned 1600 total points
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Download SwissKnife from the link below and then you can format the drive into FAT32 up to 750G:

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Thank you both very much

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