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    Fat 32

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    Hi

    Can you format an external hdd to fat32 using disc utility or is it only fat16 that is possible?

    If its not possible is there a piece of software out there that can achieve this?

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    FAT16 is not possible. FAT32 is what you get when you select MS-DOS (FAT).
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    Fat 32

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    Well I formatted a small usb pen with ms dos fat - Crossed over to windows xp via boot camp and it said fat 16 - Thanks tried it on a hdd and it seems to work with what I want it for...

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    Well, I could be wrong - yet again... What else is new?

    When formatting a flash drive, make sure you open up options/advanced and select MBR instead of GUID. If you don't make that change, I think Windows will show it as FAT16 and may not be able to read anything except a 200MB partition at the beginning of the drive.

    Am pretty sure the only way to actually get FAT16 though is thru the command line.
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