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Old Aug 12th, 2005, 12:31 AM   #1
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Formatting a Thumb Drive in Tiger?

Hi there, my Thumb Drive is formatted at FAT16 and i'd like to format it for FAT32... DIsk Utility doesn't give me that option in Tiger. How can i format it?
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Old Aug 12th, 2005, 01:37 AM   #2
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Hi there, my Thumb Drive is formatted at FAT16 and i'd like to format it for FAT32... DIsk Utility doesn't give me that option in Tiger. How can i format it?
Not to worry - what the Tiger Disk Utility calls "MS-DOS File System" is actually FAT32.

FAT 16, which isn't even an option in OS X, is limited to a 2 GB partition, which is lots for key drives, Zip drives and the like, but not nearly enough for any modern hard drive.
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Old Aug 12th, 2005, 02:12 AM   #3
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Is it possible to format a thumb drive/microdrive as HFS+?
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Old Aug 12th, 2005, 02:38 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot!
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Is it possible to format a thumb drive/microdrive as HFS+?
Yes. The complete list is:

Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Mac OS Extended
Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive)
Mac OS Standard
MS-DOS File System
UNIX File System

MS-DOS File System = FAT32
Mac OS Extended = HFS+
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Cool, good to know! Thanks Gerbill.
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