Formatting external hard drive to FAT32

So what I found out tonight was that you cannot format an external hard drive over 100GB at least (probably a lot lower) with the Windows GUI. You need to take it to the command line to achieve format it. The steps I took to format a Seagate Freeagent are:

  1. Goto Start > Run
  2. Enter in CMD and press enter
  3. Type in format /FS:FAT32 DRIVELETTER: and press enter
  4. It may ask you to enter the volume label, just enter what it shows up as in My Computer when it loads up normally
  5. It will give you the final confirmation - press "Y" and hit enter

There you have it, sit back and enjoy a cold while you wait for the drive to finish.

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