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Subject: RE: unable to format hard drive?

RE: unable to format hard drive?

From: John Eckman <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 10:09:42 -0500

Sorry - should have specified in my original email.
Partition Manager can format FAT32 drives of 80 gigs - it is how I originally formatted the drive.
Windows 2000's built-in formatting (in Device Manager or at a DOS prompt) won't format larger drives - but it is failing even if I try to make it NTFS.
If I use a Linux distro, anyone have good directions on formatting a USB attached disk in Linux as FAT32?

        -----Original Message-----
        From: on behalf of
        Sent: Thu 2/26/2004 9:49 AM
        To: Rockbox development
        Subject: Re: unable to format hard drive?

        J> My JBR20 has an 80 gig drive in it.
        J> (...)

        J> Any advice? (I don't have access currently to a linux box, just win2k or
        J> MacOS X).
        As much as I know Windows 2000 is unable to format drives exceeding a
        certain capacity with FAT32. I had a similar problem with an imagetank
        that has a 20 GB hard disk built-in - I couldn't format it using my
        laptop with Windows 2000 on it. So I tried it again with the
        imagetank connected to my desktop computer running Windows XP - there
        it worked.

        If you don't have access to a Windows XP machine you should try
        Knoppix as Mike Holden stated in another message. Knoppix can be
        booted completey from CD-ROM, no installation required. It should be
        able to format your drive with FAT32.



Received on 2004-02-26

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