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free windows tool to convert ntfs back to fat32
« on: 07. June 2013., 06:47:22 »

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"I used to think that FAT32 had become obsolete for large HDDs and I would never be using that file system again.

I was WRONG.

Several months ago I purchased a standalone bluray / dvd player which has a USB slot. This enables you to connect external USB sticks and HDDs to the player in order to play avi, mp4, mkv, mp3 etc..

I went out and bought a 750 Gb. HDD and an external enclosure in order to backup my blurays and dvds to it and play my movies out of the HDD instead of using the actual discs.

After several hours making backups of my movies to the HDD, I went to the bluray player, hooked up the HDD and the darn thing would not recognize the hard drive. It would recognize and load every single usb stick I plugged into it except for the external Hdd.

After a long time of trouble shooting and online research, I realized that the bluray player would only recognize FAT32 drives and not NTFS drives. Most USB sticks use FAT32 till this day.

I used the format utility which comes with windows to format the external HDD to FAT32 only to find out that windows has a 32gb partition limit. This meant that I would only be able to use 32 gigs out of the 750 gig drive. What a waste!!

I did a little more research and I found a great little FREE app which does the job without the 32gb restriction. It´s called: CompuApps SwissKnife.

You can get it here:

FAT32 has a 2gb maximum file size, so you will have to split your movies or media into 2gb chunks. Just a heads up. There is no way around this.

As for today´s giveaway, I´m sure it has a lot of features which swissknife lacks, but if you are only looking to format a large HDD to FAT32, this is the way to go.

My 2 cents for today.

Comment by Mike — June 6th, 2013 at 12:56 pm"



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