View Full Version : Are you having problems formating your External HDD as FAT32 on Vista/ Xp

12-11-2007, 11:47 AM
I had recently purchased a SEAGATE 320G external HDD for $199 and must say that I was a very happy camper. Until i took it home and found out that it was factory formatted as NFTS. For the application that I need it I needed it to be formatted in FAT32 and my Vista & XP computers would not let me format it as FAT32 but only as NFTS.

But I managed to find a way around the system and I hope that you will thank me for it. Follow the following instructions:

If you have Vista there is a quick way to get an Admin cmd prompt.
Click the Start button/ Windows flag in the bottom left of the screen and enter cmd like on XP but press Ctrl+Shift+Enter, you'll get a privilege escalation dialog click OK and you end up with an Admin command prompt, helpfully labelled as

Administrator: C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe

Then use the DOS prompt to format:

fat32format f:

replace the "f" with the drive letter for your HDD

This is the best way to run fat32format. It's always been Admin only, it's just that on XP most power users ran with Admin rights all the time.


12-11-2007, 12:07 PM
Why not just let the developer of Fat32format explain how to do it?