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Can't FAT32 format 60GB 1.8" USB drive

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Thanks to other forum members here I bought the Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 which is a 60GB HDD (1.8" formfactor with ATA connector), along with a USB enclosure:

http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?...ndpost&p=208655

But now I have a problem with formatting it. I've tried on several WinXP (command-line format) and Win2K computers, but I cannot seem to format this drive with FAT32. I keep getting an error about volume size being too big. I can create the (single primary) partition just fine though.

The drive is recognized as having 57,224MB capacity, and I've tried both the "default" allocation cluster size and specifically setting a 32K cluster size, but it never works. I can format it successfully with NTFS, but I want FAT32!

I'm wondering if the problem is:

- general FAT32 format problem for that capacity

- the Travelstar HDD having nonstandard sector configuration (?)

- a failing of the 1.8" aluminum USB enclosure I bought from InsideComputer

Can anyone please help?

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Oh really?? That's unfortunate, but thanks much for the info :( I'll have to find an old Win98/ME box to do the job I guess.

Why, Microsoft, why... I can't believe I never knew this.

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Thanks to other forum members here I bought the Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 which is a 60GB HDD (1.8" formfactor with ATA connector), along with a USB enclosure:

http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?...ndpost&p=208655

But now I have a problem with formatting it.  I've tried on several WinXP (command-line format) and Win2K computers, but I cannot seem to format this drive with FAT32.  I keep getting an error about volume size being too big.  I can create the (single primary) partition just fine though.

The drive is recognized as having 57,224MB capacity, and I've tried both the "default" allocation cluster size and specifically setting a 32K cluster size, but it never works.  I can format it successfully with NTFS, but I want FAT32!

I'm wondering if the problem is:

- general FAT32 format problem for that capacity

- the Travelstar HDD having nonstandard sector configuration (?)

- a failing of the 1.8" aluminum USB enclosure I bought from InsideComputer

Can anyone please help?

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Thanks to other forum members here I bought the Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 which is a 60GB HDD (1.8" formfactor with ATA connector), along with a USB enclosure:

http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?...ndpost&p=208655

But now I have a problem with formatting it.  I've tried on several WinXP (command-line format) and Win2K computers, but I cannot seem to format this drive with FAT32.  I keep getting an error about volume size being too big.  I can create the (single primary) partition just fine though.

The drive is recognized as having 57,224MB capacity, and I've tried both the "default" allocation cluster size and specifically setting a 32K cluster size, but it never works.  I can format it successfully with NTFS, but I want FAT32!

I'm wondering if the problem is:

- general FAT32 format problem for that capacity

- the Travelstar HDD having nonstandard sector configuration (?)

- a failing of the 1.8" aluminum USB enclosure I bought from InsideComputer

Can anyone please help?

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should be able to boot from win 98 boot disk in xp or 2000,run fdisk and then format

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Oh really??  That's unfortunate, but thanks much for the info :(  I'll have to find an old Win98/ME box to do the job I guess.

Why, Microsoft, why...  I can't believe I never knew this.

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If finding such a box is an issue, why are you formatting as FAT32 anyway?

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Oh really??  That's unfortunate, but thanks much for the info :(  I'll have to find an old Win98/ME box to do the job I guess.

Why, Microsoft, why...  I can't believe I never knew this.

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If finding such a box is an issue, why are you formatting as FAT32 anyway?

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I don't know what his reasons are, but I had to convert an external drive from NTFS to FAT32 so I could copy files onto my sister's powerbook. If you're doing stuff in the Mac world, stick with FAT32.

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^ What he said :) Basically when using a portable USB drive I'd never know what 3rd-party computer I might have to hook it up with, and FAT32 seems a good choice to ensure the most compatibility with various OSes (Win, Mac, Linux, etc)?

I do love the size of this 1.8"-based USB drive though. And at 60GB it's even larger than my old 40GB 2.5"-based USB drive. My friend is using a huge Maxtor 3.5"-based USB drive (which requires a power adapter to boot), and I just love to show him up, haha :D

What would be even more perfect is if this USB enclosure comes with a built-in, retractable USB cable...

P.S. I've also seen the various prepackaged USB drives based on 1" HDD (from Seagate, etc), those look even smaller, but capacity is too small...

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All is well, thanks again. I still have an AMD K6-III 550MHz box running Win98SE, which (after installing the driver) was able to recognize and successfully format this USB drive using FAT32 :)

What's strange is that I did a full format but it went really quickly on this Win98SE box (only a minute or two). Whereas my previous attempts at FAT32 formatting on the WinXP/2K boxes took much longer each time if I chose full format instead of quick format (and it would only give me the "volume size too big" error at the end of the format process, which was annoying).

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Sorry I couldn't reply earlier, but you can easily create large FAT32 volumes in Win2K / WinXP using C'T Magazine's h2format tool. You can find it here:

http://www.heise.de/ct/ftp/ctsi.shtml

Best regards,

JD

Hi Joy Division,

I have installed h2format tool ( a flash of dos windows ) . Then What should I do? Format dos command??

Format j: /fs:fat32

Sorry as I am unable to get you

Thanks

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Have you tried to divide it into 2 partitions and the format each?

Wouldn't that be... silly?

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