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Formatting a Hard Drive to FAT32 that is larger than 32GB

Formatting a hard drive larger than 32GB in Windows to the required FAT32 format (necessary for Xbox360, Xbox One*, Playstation 3 and 4* as well as many new TV's with record to USB functions) is not as simple as it should be.

We have therefore made available a free software programme that makes it as easy as 1-2-3.

Please note that we are not the authors or owners of this software utility and will not accept any liability for any files lost or damage caused to any hardware or software. We have tested this software extensively on different makes/models/sizes of hard drives/usb keys as well as under different operating systems/service packs and have not encountered any problems.  If you do not accept these terms, please do not use the software utility/instructions. By downloading and using the utility/instructions, you accept full responsibility.

If you have files on the USB/Portable hard drive that you wish to format, you should back them up as they will be wiped/lost during formatting.

1) Very important first step. Plug in your portable hard drive and identify/make a note of the Drive letter it has been assigned.

2) Download the file here and save it to your desktop. Once downloaded, open the file.

3) Ensure the drive letter in the drop down menu of the window (see picture below) corresponds to the drive letter assigned/noted in step 1.  Simply click Start and formatting will commence.

*Next gen storage devices are yet to be added to this list. We will update this information as soon as the new specs are published

Got a Memory stick that wont work very well on a PVR equipped TV?

Due to the nature of USB PVR TV's, it's necessary to use a good quality memory stick that has fast read & write speeds (as the TV reads and writes to the USB stick at the same time). Some older or lower quality USB sticks cant handle it and you may encounter problems (picture or sound breaking up or 'juddering')

We now stock a small range of fully tested and approved USB sticks. These are formatted by us before dispatch and ready to simply plug into your TV's USB port and start recording your Freeview channels. (providing of course your TV has the PVR function)

As a guide, depending on the content being recorded, you should be able to record/playback the following:

8GB - 4-5 hours
16GB - 8-10 hours
32GB - 16 - 20 hours.

Click here to see our range.

Very important - some USB Hard Drives include a USB cable where 2 of the connectors need to be plugged into a USB port on the PC/device. (This is because 1 x USB port does not provide enough power to power the Hard Drive) Never connect these types of hard drives to a TV where only 1 USB port is available as you will damage the TV. It's very easy for a manufacturer to see if a TV is damaged in this way and your warranty does not cover repair or replacement for this.

If in doubt, if you must use a Hard Drive, ensure it comes with a separate power adaptor.

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