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chiccaboom
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Registered: ‎07-16-2011
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I can't format my WD external hard drive to FAT32?!!

Hi All,

 

I recently received an external hard drive for my bday and my friend loaded a ton of pictures and movies onto it for me. However, I can't actually use the hard drive myself. For example I can't add anything onto it. I did a little search through these dorums and it seems like I ned to format the hard drive to FAT32 in order to add things to it. However, I can't seem to do that when I follow these instructions:

 

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/291/session/L3RpbWUvMTMwOTE5MzU2Ni9zaWQvOXZFb1N6eGs%...

 

When I click on the tab "patition" the options button is greyed out and won't let me go to the next step in the instructions. Can anyone tell what I can do to resolve this?

 

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Joe_S
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Re: I can't format my WD external hard drive to FAT32?!!

If you haven't formatted the drive yet you can still use it with your Mac. Download NTFS-3G http://mac-free.com/download/NTFS-3G.html Then it should make the drive useable on Mac and Windows. Formatting FAT32 has a maxfile size of 4 gig and is more easily corrupted.

Joe

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Wayne
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Re: I can't format my WD external hard drive to FAT32?!!

why would you want to format a drive to fat32? are you using a mac or pc to read the drive, or both?  and did your friend load the files from a mac or a pc?  and you do know that converting to fat32 will limit the file sizes to 4gb's right?

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