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portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by CMcDougall » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:33 pm

just bought another drive, this time only £10 not £50 like 7yrs ago!

but, need it to be FAT32, not default exFAT ....

tried first on Win10 laptop in USB3 port, for format drive only says either exFAT or NTFS

on WinXP desktop in USB2 port, same.

the £50 one from 7yr ago was factory formatted already to FAT32, so why cant I do this new one at FAT32 :?
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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by geraldholdsworth » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:38 pm

Go to the command prompt and type 'format /?'
This will list the options you can specify for manually formatting a drive, of which the option to format in FAT32 should be there.
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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by CMcDougall » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:09 pm

^think M$oft stopped it after win98 for drives >8gb :x

looking through my even older instructions for the £50 usb2 Verbatim 320 drive, they gave you a program :
SmartDisk_FAT32_tool , but only works on winXP :D , not win10 :roll:

another look about gave me a program for win10, being :
guiformat , worked! 8)
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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by richardtoohey » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:44 am

CMcDougall wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:33 pm
only £10
Is that for brand new? Don't store anything too valuable on there! :shock:

Maybe I'm just being too cynical but that seems too good to be true. :?:

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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by sydney » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:21 am

Download the gparted live Linux iso and burn it to a CD then boot your PC with it. Careful though as its easy to accidentally wipe your PC hard disk.

https://gparted.org/livecd.php

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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by Boydie » Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:33 pm

The HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool has worked for me. Apparently, it can be a bit flaky under Windows 10, but I’ve never had an issue.

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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by CMcDougall » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:07 pm

richardtoohey wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:44 am
CMcDougall wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:33 pm
only £10
Is that for brand new?
yes Mr.T , brand new :shock: , everywhere else it's £50, it was someone / business (amazingoffers666)
selling only a few, as need more space for PS1, PS2, PS3 & PS4 game backups!
it's a Kesu 320GB Black 2.5inch Usb 2.0/3.0, & it was delivered free by UPS , not throw about break Royal Mail / Hermes :D

here is the 2 progs I mensioned, but did not use the Verbatim winXP prog as could not be bothered to turn the desktop back on!
getting lazy with this win10 laptop :oops:
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guiformat FAT32 portable external.zip
win10
(32.52 KiB) Downloaded 2 times
SmartDisk_FAT32_tool-verbatim FormaterXP-FAT32 portable external.zip
winXP verbatim
(174.97 KiB) Downloaded 3 times
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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by iamaran » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:33 pm

richardtoohey wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:44 am
CMcDougall wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:33 pm
only £10
Is that for brand new? Don't store anything too valuable on there! :shock:

Maybe I'm just being too cynical but that seems too good to be true. :?:
When 1TB is £35...

https://www.ebuyer.com/856958-silicon-p ... bphds03s3w

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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by richardtoohey » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:28 am

Don't know why I'm so surprised ... Raspberry Pi Zero Ws, 1TB SSDs and so on. Getting old I suppose! #-o

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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by CMcDougall » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:06 pm

sydney wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:21 am
Download the gparted live Linux iso and burn it to a CD then boot your PC with it
thanks Si, yes this has been Very usefull the last few weeks, it formats Sata 500GB HD in about 20 seconds :shock:

why does m$oft win10 take about an hour to do it... :? :lol:
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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by flaxcottage » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:51 pm

I used SwissKnife for my 320Gb HDD. It came as NTFS, which was useless to host films for my USB-equipped TV. Formatted to FAT32 no problem and quickly too. :D
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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by Kazzie » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:06 am

CMcDougall wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:06 pm
sydney wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:21 am
Download the gparted live Linux iso and burn it to a CD then boot your PC with it
thanks Si, yes this has been Very usefull the last few weeks, it formats Sata 500GB HD in about 20 seconds :shock:

why does m$oft win10 take about an hour to do it... :? :lol:
In DFS-style parlance, gparted (by default) just writes a new catalogue, whereas Windows is writing to or verifying all the sectors.

(Hard drives haven't needed a low-level format by the end-user since the days of IDE and SCSI. Hence the ability to take a shortcut with a high-level format. Floppy discs usually get a full low-level format, but it isn't too inconvenient because of their limited capacity.)
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Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

Post by CMcDougall » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:15 am

^ well explained, cheers K 8)

the HD drives are from games consoles, so have a bizarre format that M$ windows will not look at, hence why they never show up on Win10 until you format /partition them with the DiskMngr. This only allows NTFS, whereas gParted allows multiple types, which is great for FAT32 that most equipment wants to use.
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