> I have a 750GB Iomega Minimax drive and have formatted it to NTFS. I have
> then partitioned it into 128GB partitions (for use on a Mac) but want to
> convert or reformat it to FAT32 so I can read and write on both the
> Windows Vista PC and the Mac. When I go into Computer Management and then
> Disk Management and try to format the drive to FAT32 it only gives the
> option of NTFS. A CDROM came with the drive with FAT32 converter on but it
> doesn't load any of the drives when I load the program up.
Since people cannot offer you a Windows solution to accomplish what you want
to do, let me suggest an alternative. The Vista Fanboys will attack me for
mentioning it, but here goes anyways, because it is an easy solution.
You can use a Linux liveCD to accomplish what you want to do. Both are
freely available for download. It'll require you to download an ISO file
and then using something like Nero, burn that image to a CD-R. You'd then
boot your computer from the CD you've created and from there you can deal
with reformatting those partitions to FAT32. Of course, you'll lose any
data in those partitions you reformat.
1) Download the Ubuntu liveCD for 32bit 86 systems. Burn the CD, boot the
computer from the CD (a BIOS setting may be required to make your CD/DVD
drive your first bootable device). You'll be running Ubuntu on your
computer but it'll be running in RAM from the liveCD. On the panel bar on
the top of the screen you'll see System. Click that and then
Administration --> Partition Editor. If you have the external USB2 hard
drive hooked up to your box, you'll be able to find it and deal with
reformatting partitions to FAT32.
This option will give you a full Linux Ubuntu that you can then install on
your hard drive permanently if you want to dual boot Vista and Ubuntu.
It'll be a fairly large ISO, occupying a whole CD.
2) Download the SystemRescueCd. This is a really stripped down Linux distro
that only includes basic tools for dealing with problems you may be
experiencing. It also includes the GParted program that comes with the
Ubuntu liveCD but you're talking about an ISO file of 163MB in size. You'd
burn it just like the other ISO to a CD-R and then boot your computer with
it. This CD will also include other utilities like:
ntpass - to edit Windows login passwords
gparted - for dealing with hd partitions
firefox - web browser
Partition Image - for backing up hd partitions to image files, like Acronis
True Image (commercial product)
Midnight Commander - a file browser that will let you get access to files on
your system should the o/s you're using not boot.
and other utilities and apps. You can look at the screenshots on the link
below to see what gparted looks like.
In either case, be careful that you're working with the correct hard drive
and not your internal NTFS hard drive that contains Vista!
Frank's Brain Activity Plotted (watch the red line):
AlexB: "If it is Business or Ultimate open Command Prompt as administrator
and type lusrmgr.msc."
I must say the developers at Microsoft do have a sense of humour.