FAT32 on a 120GB USB Drive

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Basically, I've recently got one of those hard drive media players and have purchased a 120GB laptop drive. But as Windows only permits up to 32GB for FAT32 partitions (Here), I am unable to format this 120GB under "Disk Management" and I cannot use NTFS as this might render the device unusable.

So is there a way of doing this or any third party tools available which allows larger FAT32 partitions? I also don't wish to create 3-4 partitions (unless this is more efficient?).
 
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touch said:
Have you got service pack 1/2 ?
Doesn't make any difference, W2K and XP, regardless of service pack, will not format a partition larger than 32Gb as FAT32, despite it supporting up to 2Tb.

I had to do this not so long back, I lent my 100Gb external disk to a friend to backup his Win98 laptop. I have a feeling I had to use Partition Magic to do it. There are freeware tools out there but I've not used any and hence I don't want to recommend one that turns out to be a lemon.
 

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Will_3rd said:
I suspect the MP3 players OS can only run on FAT32

Yes and I don't have a MAC. Also if I do format this as a large 120GB FAT32 and it's detected in Windows as a 38GB - it would seem a waste of my efforts anyway. :(

Edit: Managed to get it working with Partition Magic and it's now a successful 111GB FAT32 drive.
 
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