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This Tutorial Will Show You About Formatting An Usb External Hard Drive In Windows Xp Using Fat32 Instead Of Ntfs
are you trying to format an external USB hard drive using windows xp for example to format the hard drive with FAT32 so that other operating systems will be able to see the files? Today i had this problem. i bought an external hard drive USB2 and the hard drive was an IDE 100G drive, but it came full so i had a spare 400G drive i wanted to replace it. it was a seagate drive so it was easy to swap, they problem was that before, i was using the 400G drive for testing linux so it was formated with linux. but windows could not recognize the drive.

so i went into disk manager, but there was no option for FAT32 only NTFS - so i tried using windows 7, i did have an option to format the drive with exFAT but i wanted FAT32. so windows does not allow you to format any drive over 32G with FAT32

BUT, you can do it through the DOS terminal.

so if you want to force it open your DOS command and enter this command:


DOS COMMAND:
format /FS:FAT32 X:

X = whatever the drive letter for the USB drive is
NOTE: if for some reason your problem is that you cannot see the hard drive letter, create a partition first, if you right click on the disk, you should get an option to partition the drive

the type of file system is RAW.
the new file system is FAT32.

WARNING: ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE: E WILL BE LOST?
Proceed with Format? <Y/N>? y
Verifying 381551M

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first.
ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? <Y/N>? y
Volume dismounted. All opened handles to this volume are not invalid.
Cannot open volume for direct access.


so when i was prompted: WARNING: ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE: E WILL BE LOST? i selected yes

when when i went to disk manager i was able to confirm the disk was formating.. since my drive was 400G its gonna take some time.
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Vamsy
thanks a lot!
vijay
hey its not working!! i got"invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable."
venugoapl
hey its not working!! i got"invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable." what to do for this
Bob
no! it won't work for me either- its saying 'invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable.' i've tried using the disk managment, ms-dos, standard format (from my computer). i don't have any idea on what to do. i would appreciate any help! thank you.
Linda
help i type in dos command for fat32 and it verifies flash drive (which is raw) , at end it says volume is too big for fat32. size of my flash drive is 131000mg (128gb). the dos does not prompt about handles,dismount etc. hope someone can help thanks
Morg
fat32 has a limit on the size. if you want ntfs, replace 'fat32' with 'ntfs'

ie. format /fs:ntfs x:
where 'x' is your drive
nagaprakash
thanks a lot it worked....my i-pod is working normally
SANAL
i tried those methods you mentioned. but i cant solve my problem!!! kpsanal88 - at - gmail
Shahab
this command is very useful for me but problem not solved and message in command prompt is "invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable"
RISHU
sir i have tried ur path by the disk management but my pendrive is not formatting.and don't show the file system & allocation unit size &after formatting the pendrive by the disk mgt. & now it is showing 0bytes used & 0bytes free space in properties. my pendrive is 64 gb.after formatting the pendrive by the disk mgt. n now showing file system raw. plz sir help me.my id is rishugupta4u - at - gmail
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i also tried that methond but it doesn't work
Dipankar
hey it's not working.....

i have tried ur path by the disk management but my pendrive is not formatting.and don't show the file system & allocation unit size &after formatting the pendrive by the disk mgt. & now it is showing 0bytes used & 0bytes free space in properties. my pendrive is 64 gb.after formatting the pendrive by the disk mgt. n now showing file system raw. help me.my id is dipankar.ghosh9 - at - gmail
myshka
i tried it but the dos crashes everytime :(
Rajesh
when i am trying to format pendrive the message coming like "windows can't format" & it is showing that the file system is "raw"
henrik
hi, i have a problem with my disk management. i can see my disk in the upper scheme, but it doesnt have a name (like c: or e:). i can see it as disk 1 as well in the scheme down under. but when i click on it i can't format it. it is visible as well in the device manager but i cant do a formatting commando there. what is going on?
tunde
Make sure u assign a letter for your drive. Eg f, g, h or any alphabet that is not c.
monica
i used this method but it shows"the format did not complete successfully".now what do i do?
Anand
i had tried this method. but the formatting didn't starts. it shows constantly 0percent completed.
kimber
dos command said invalid parameter - x:
gsl4all
i tried to format raw to fat32 via dos, but it shows "invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable" please help me. my email: gsl4all - at - yahoo.in
mark
i have same prob w/ yours. did you already solved your problem?tnx if you will reply asap
LOVE
same problem is occuring
dhiru
same problem can any one help
Imran
i tried those methods but 8gb pen drive or removable disk show 8mb.
NANO
not solved my problem... after veryfying... the volume is too big for fat32.. my pendrive 256gb.. so how i must solve... from raw file system to fat32 system
nano
my email nanotrg - at - yahoo.my
RAMEEN
hi thanks a lot but when i done this it says me that the drive is write protected .

what should i do please help me.
utkarsh
there will be a switch in your card you should make it "ON" .. and then your card will work .
Jupe
thanks for that. didnt know about changing the hdd policy.
laxmidhar
i tried the above dos command . but it shows
invalid media or track 0 bad-disk unusable.
tonix07
helow i tried all your procedures but still won't work,. im using a sd memory card
yahn
i got the same problem!!! "invalid media or track 0 bad-disk unusable" anybody help me please??. sent your help at yahnhellscream - at - yahoo
Jay
My Pin Drive is 256GB and i m one time formated in NTFS but not format and then pain drive size is shwos 8MB plz help me
RAKESH
its not good idea for format pendrive its for change the file system
prince
i really liked the post, it solved my problem.
SAIFUL
Please help me. The Format did not complete successfully solution.
GRACY
it wasnt hlpful for me.. still the same message.. format was not completely successful.. plz help.. :(
Jessie
I used dos command: format /fs:fat32 (usb drive letter) after format completed i've got error msg "invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable"
http://www.webune.com/forums/format-external-drive-fat32.html
jam
same here.. did you already solved this problem? help me please..
ladym62
you can format with window 7 and 8 go here and it will show you how https://youtube dot com /w type all of that in to watch the video on how to do it
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