A couple of days ago I purchased a fairly cheap external HDD enclosure. I grabbed a spare drive off the shelf, and plugged it into the enclosure. I plugged the enclosure in to my computer and into the power, and booted up.
I couldnt see the drive in my computer, so i went into disk management thinking i needed to format it. I couldnt find the drive in there either.
Confused, I unplugged the drive from the enclosure and plugged it in to the computer itself. This time it appeared in disk management. I formatted the drive, and unplugged it. I plugged it back into the enclosure, but still could not find the drive in either my computer or disk management. What the?
I grabbed the manual of the enclosure and read through it, and at the end, came across “For new HDD: Before connecting USB External BOX, please partition and format your HDD into FAT16 or FAT32 before connecting USB external BOX.”
I know this isn’t written in the best English, but i quoted directly from the instructions.
Reading this, I tried to format the drive in windows Vista, but unfortunately it only enables you to select the NTFS filesystem.
So, to my question.
How can I format the drive to FAT32, and is there any drawbacks?
I googled and came up with a couple of programs, but they all seemed fairly dodgy. I’ve heard this can be done with the command line with a command called convert.
CONVERT volume X /FS:FAT32
Where X is the volume name
Will this work? :S
Or can someone recommend a program (preferred.)