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why can't windows format 64 gb flash as FAT32?

#1ChromaticAngelPosted 9/4/2013 1:52:10 PM
literally had to download a 3rd party program to do it.
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#2Orestes417Posted 9/4/2013 2:05:49 PM
Probably because it's an ancient and horribly limited format.
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#3StarksPosted 9/4/2013 2:41:41 PM
because exfat or ntfs would be a better choice
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#4Kerr AvonPosted 9/4/2013 3:30:57 PM
Orestes417 posted...
Probably because it's an ancient and horribly limited format.


A huge exaggeration. Yes, later formats are more secure, and don't have the 4GB file limit, but FAT32 is still perfectly usable (though later systems are preferable, if you're not forced to use FAT32). The thing is, some standalone hardware deviceds, such as media players, cameras, or even some backup devices for consoles, can only use FAT32, and so you need the ability to format to that standard.

TC, here's the program I use, it says it only works with Verbatum brand media, but it's worked with every USB stick I needed to format to FAT32, regardless of brand.

http://www.verbatim.com/index/search.php?words=fat32&lang_id=1&basic_search_form_submit.x=0&basic_search_form_submit.y=0
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#5SlaynPosted 9/4/2013 4:01:15 PM
Didn't they drop Fat32 a while ago, like in Vista?
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#6TheFeshPincePosted 9/4/2013 4:02:35 PM
That's a big flash drive to use FAT32.
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#7RPGMattPosted 9/4/2013 4:14:28 PM
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#8Fade2black001Posted 9/4/2013 4:20:44 PM
Can you you just change the file system through Command Prompt?
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#9NicodimusPosted 9/4/2013 4:33:59 PM
I know the PS3 won't read anything that isn't FAT32, so if you're wanting to completely back up your system (it basically makes a system image) you need it. Or even if you just want to view media from a HDD or SD card, same deal.
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#10Orestes417Posted 9/4/2013 4:40:08 PM
The devices that require the use of fat32 tend to have the ability to format it themselves
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