Why do you want it in FAT32? If your using windows XP, NTFS is superior to it in almost every way.
Windows will not alow you to format a partion larger than 32 GB. If you want you could make it into 2 partions of 20 GB each and format to FAT32. Partition Magic might be able to format the whole thing in one volumein FAT32... but working in FAT32 when you can use NTFS is kind of pointless.
Partitioning your drives will also help you boot faster.
Uhmmm... FAT32 has its own advantages... For example.. if i go to a Win98 system & attach the drive, u can't see my NTFS drive!!! Of course, there are drivers to VIEW NTFS in Win98, but what about writing data onto the drive!!! Those drivers are costly... useless.. Also the same is in case of DOS systems.
I tried partitioning in Partition manager too... the "Split" function is not highlighted, the disk can't be split using it. Are there other Free/free-to-use Partition managers worth trying? I don't think that'll help.
It shows as a Primary partition. So i tried converting to logical partition and then splitting... still the same... unhighlighted "Split" tab....
The only way to partition external HDD's that I know of is to take the drive out of the external casing, and install it internaly. If it has NTFS on it already you'll have to kill NTFS first (not an easy thing) use some type of drive-wiping software. You can then partition it just like an ordinary drive and return it to its casing.
idk what happened after the link (lol) but ive been wanting to make a partition for a long time!
btw - windows disk manager also works with external hard drives.
I think it is not necessary to partition a portable HD for portable use, especailly it only 40GB. I will perfer create some folder for backup purpose.
For 40GB, it uses for backup document or some data or transfer a large file to another computer.