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Cannot format a usb drive as fat32


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wadnib

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I am trying to format this 28gig usb2 external drive as fat32 filesystem under Windows XP, but windows just keeps coming up with the message 'Windows was unable to complete the format'. I can format as ntfs no problem, just not fat32. I have tried doing it by right clicking on the drive and choosing format, using the disk manager to delete the logical drive and create a new logical drive with no success. The closest I have managed to come is by using the command 'format X: /FS:FAT32 /q' from the command prompt. This performs the format, asks me for the drive label, and seems to complete without any errors. However when I then try and open the drive from my computer I just get the message 'This drive is not formated. Would you like to format it now?'.

This is driving me nuts! Anyone have any ideas?

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what kind of thumbdrive?

haven't bought one in a while, but some used to have formatting utilities on a cd....
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No it's some old no-name external firewire/usb2 2.5" hard drive. It may have had some software but no idea where that may be now. Hadn't needed it up till now as it just shows up as a generic mass storage device.
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