So what I found out tonight was that you cannot format an external hard drive over 100GB at least (probably a lot lower) with the Windows GUI. You need to take it to the command line to achieve format it. The steps I took to format a Seagate Freeagent are:
- Goto Start > Run
- Enter in CMD and press enter
- Type in format /FS:FAT32 DRIVELETTER: and press enter
- It may ask you to enter the volume label, just enter what it shows up as in My Computer when it loads up normally
- It will give you the final confirmation – press “Y” and hit enter
There you have it, sit back and enjoy a cold while you wait for the drive to finish.