USB Devices and Format FAT32 Filesystem

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USB Devices and Format FAT32 Filesystem

Post  AKMARK5000 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:56 am

Most newer DVD Blue-Ray Players and TVs have at least one USB port for connecting any USB Device that can store movies, music, or pictures (ie. Portable USB Drive or Flash Memory Drive). Many smaller and portable USB devices are factory formatted using the FAT16 or FAT32 file systems. This is great because such devices are all ready to connect and be utilized by the DVD Blue-Ray Player or TV.

Some of these USB devices are not formatted using any filesystem or the device might have been formatted using the NTFS filesystem. The NTFS is a much more popular filesystem to use. Non-technically speaking, the main reason for this is its ability to overcome organizational and size limitations of the FAT32 file systems.

For example, if a portable USB drive is formatted FAT32, then it will only accept and store movies, music,
or pictures that are no larger than 4GB each (each, not together (3.99 gigabytes in size). The way to solve this limitation is to format using the NTFS file system.

So, say that you are stuck with a slue of movies, music, or pictures on a portable hard drive that you
formatted using the NTSF file system, but your DVD Blue-Ray Player or TV does not support an NTSF formatted device. Its time to reformat the drive so that your DVD Blue-Ray Player or TV can read the movies, music, or pictures... granted that they are no larger than 4GB.

The option to format to the FAT32 file system is not available to you from within
Windows Vista/Windows 7 64Bit Editions. Thankfully, there is a relatively easy command prompt solution you can use to solve this little problem.

To begin, launch a Command Prompt with Administrator Permissions before executing the command:

1. Find the drive letter of the portable drive you wish to format. Check, double check, and triple check you have the right letter before executing any format commands.

2. Navigate to the Command Prompt Program (Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories).

3. Right click the Command Prompt entry in Accessories and choose to “Run as Administrator”.

4. You should be prompted by User Account Control “Do you want to allow the following program to make
changes to this computer?” Answer yes. If you have disabled UAC, you will not see this message.

5. With the command prompt now showing, enter "format XY: /FS:FAT32" (Leave out the quotations
and replace XY with the letter of the drive you wish to format).

Note: a quick format can be performed on any drive without bad sectors: "format XY: /FS:FAT32 /q"
(Leave out the quotations and replace XY with the letter of the drive you wish to format).

Depending on the size and the method you choose to use to format your drive, it can take anywhere between one minute and several hours for the format to finish. But once complete, you will
have your drive properly formatted to the FAT32 file system.

Alternatively, you could used an application program to do the above automatically. However, it might be a bit more involved in order to properly use the program. There are several floating around, but the one that I used is called 2Tware Fat32Format. Oh, and it's free of course.

==> http://www.2tware.com/page.php?filename=help-fat32format&ref=install


Last edited by Admin on Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:17 pm; edited 6 times in total (Reason for editing : Updated Information)

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