WINDOWS: HOWTO: Format a 500GB USB drive with FAT32 on Windows XP
Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:48:49 PM
I knew there is a design limitation on XP that won't make this a jolly good ride.
Enter this terrific tool, from the chaps m here --> Fat32Formater
Here is how to use as advised on the webpage:
Click Start menu, select Run and enter diskmgmt.msc If it asks you to initialise the disk, make sure you select a Basic disk, as opposed to a Dynamic. There's a guide on Disk Management here You need to find the disk with unallocated space. Right click on it and select "New Partition" and follow these steps, clicking "Next" to get move on at each stage. Partition Wizard starts, just click next to move on Select Primary Partition. Enter the maximum size for the Partition Size Choose assign a drive letter. I used F: Select "Do not Format this partition" There will be a dialog box, summarising all the previous stuff. Click Finish Now you have a drive letter, this is what we will pass to the formatter
Once you have a drive letter, the rest is easy.
***** THIS WILL WIPE YOUR HARD DRIVE SKY CLEAN************
C:\fat32format <driver letter>