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    Default FAT32 under Windows 7

    I would like to know, if Windows 7 can read an external hard drive formatted in FAT32?

    I need to safe files, folders and programs from Windows XP on my external hard drive (Fat 32), before installing Windows 7 on my PC.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Windows 7 will read and write FAT32 files to your external hard drive or any other FAT32 external device.

    Make sure when you disconnect the external hard drive you always click the "safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyport View Post
    I would like to know, if Windows 7 can read an external hard drive formatted in FAT32?

    I need to safe files, folders and programs from Windows XP on my external hard drive (Fat 32), before installing Windows 7 on my PC.

    Thanks in advance.
    As marcEmarc mentioned Windows 7 can read/write to FAT32... as a matter of fact, even OS X & most of the Linux distributions support read/write of FAT32 OOB.

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    You can convert your FAT32 files into NFTS in Xp, but I can not remember how to be honest. I think if you to How to Geek it will tell you there how to do so, it has been so long since I did it, from 98 to Xp that I jsut can't remember, then the transition would perhaps be easier. Or just do as explained earlier

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    No probs at all.......Windows 7 supports everything... even the whole Windows XP

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    No problem, I just checked that my thumbdrive is actually FAT32 too. Don't worry.

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    Thank you all very much for your replies.
    Now I can install windows without worries.

    thanks again
    cheers

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