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Formatting an External Harddrive

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I'm trying to format by external harddrive to FAT32 so I can backup the data on my PS3 while I swap out its internal Harddrive.

I currently own a 2TB Seagate External Harddrive, but it already has a lot of content on it I'd prefer not to lose.

If I format the external to FAT32 will I lose everything on it?
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If I format the external to FAT32 will I lose everything on it?

First of all yes if you format the drive everything on it will be gone.

Second I suspect the reason you are having trouble formatting with FAT32 is because of it's size limitation which is 132 gigs I believe.
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If there is enough space available, you can resize the partition using various tools, such as qtparted under Knoppix (LiveCD), then with the free space create a new partition and format that as FAT32, BUT if you do that, then you need to backup all the data, just in case something goes wrong.

It might just be easier to take out the disk in the PS3, since you are going to replace it anyhow, and get an external case for it (which could be used for other disks as well if you want a larger external disk) to transfer the data back.
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