C:\>format drive_letter /fs:fat32Here's what I got:
The type of the file system is RAW. The new file system is FAT32. WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE D: WILL BE LOST! Proceed with Format (Y/N)? y Verifying 40960MEons pass, stars are born and burn out, entire universes spring into existence, spiral outward, and return to the formless void... and then, finally:
The volume is too big for FAT32.Older and wiser, I decided to give the tiny, open source fat32format a go:
C:\>fat32format d: Warning ALL data on drive 'd' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure (y/n) :yApproximately one second later, the format was complete. Incredulous, I chkdsk'd the drive - it was formatted perfectly. fat32format's documentation seems to bear this out ("It should take about 4 seconds per Terabyte to format the disk." - wow!). May this lesson save humanity from many wasted hours.
/windows | Aug 17, 2009
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