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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...

I followed the directions put when I pressed enter on the command propt after typing format /FS:FAT32 F:
it showed me: " `format` is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."

what should I do?

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...

format.com is a DOS program, maybe your computer doesn't have that program on it for some reason. Easiest way is just to use either Acronis Disk DirectorDisk Director or Fat32Format

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...

Thaks, i already moved to my mom´s computer and seems it works on her´s. But its really slow though, it been like 5 minutes and it says 0 percent

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...
Anonymous wrote:

But its really slow though, it been like 5 minutes and it says 0 percent

Are yo ustill trying to use format.com on hers? That's a VERY slow program. I agree with everyone else in this thread and recommend using Acronis Disk DirectorDisk Director. I'm a GeekSquad tech and that's what we use at work and out in the field at customers' houses and businesses, it's a wonderful program that I can't speak highly enough about, and VERY easy to understand and use.

Thier other program, True Image is also amazing for making backups.

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...

Most OS's support NTFS, so why not just use that, unless you have any real need to use DOS6?

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...
josh2011 wrote:

Most OS's support NTFS, so why not just use that, unless you have any real need to use DOS6?

Welcome to GD Josh! You are right that NTFS is the best format to use when possible. Sometimes though FAT32 is still needed to be the most widely compatible, and still yet sometimes it's the only option, like if you want to be able to plug your external USB drive or Thumb DriveThumb Drive into a DVD player that willl only read FAT32 partitions. Smile

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...

Thanks so much.
The fat32 software took about 2 seconds after I'd wasted I don't know how long working out what was wrong. My PS3 can now see my USB stick again!!

Cheers

Iain

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...

i have searched and searched and ..... well u get the picture. so many other sites have so many variations of this command or how to format a hard drive to FAT32 in Windows 7 which didnt work for me. and fat32format.exe, waist of my time, didnt work for me. yours worked wonderfully, the pictures helped out a lot. i have spent 4 hours searching for the right answer. i wish ur post would have came up first...Laughing.. i would be done by now. again thank you so much!!!!!

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Re: How To Format A Hard Drive To FAT32 In Windows 7 or ...

That was some good info. couldn't figure out the label but this helped alot. you rock

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