Solved: thumb drive with exfat

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bigsooner

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I have a Cruzer Glide 64 gb with exfat. I've tried to reformat it to fat using the format command in my windows 7 but have no luck. The format screen appears but thats as far as it goes.
Please tell me how to format this in regular fat.
Thanks.
 

Triple6

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Windows doesn't like to format stuff larger than 32GB with FAT32 though.
 

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LIKE being the operative word there. Microsoft brought out XP and with it they wanted to push NTFS and kill Fat32 so they forced XP's built in formatter to limit the size that IT would natively format Fat32 to 32Gb.
Every other disk tool that I have ever used under XP does not have that limit. and XP does not itself have that limit EXCEPT in the format tool.
 

managed

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Good article here about the so called 32GB limit and ways to work around it,, including one I didn't know about that works in Windows command prompt without any 3rd party software :- http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/format-large-hard-drive-fat-fat32/

(If it matters you can't save a file bigger than 4GB onto a FAT32 partition).

EDIT : if not using XP it probably has to be an Admin command prompt (click Start type CMD right-click cmd.exe at top then click run as admin...)
Also you can add the /Q switch to the command line version of Format to do a Quick format.
 
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