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Apple Disk Utility does not allow MS-DOS FAT32 formatting

Apple Disk Utility does not allow MS-DOS FAT32 formatting

Any recommendations on another utility to format for TeslaCam?

NKYTA | 28. mars 2019

MS-DOS (FAT) is an option, should be FAT32

jimglas | 28. mars 2019

they are the same? My "FAT32" is greyed out

SCCRENDO | 28. mars 2019

@jimglas. I used this utility on my 128 gig thumb drive successfully
https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/how-to-format-usb-drives-larger-than-32...

jimglas | 28. mars 2019

Thanks, but I use iOS (Mac)

SCCRENDO | 28. mars 2019

I also use a macbook pro but I formatted it on an old windows laptop. That could be one option for you. However I found this on a google search.
https://www.admfactory.com/how-to-format-usb-flash-drive-to-fat32-in-mac...

My Macbook pro only has thunderbolt ports so you may need an adapter as well. I think you will save yourself a lot of grief if you have a PC somewhere or borrow someone else's PC and do it through windows. At least I know it works.

EVRider | 28. mars 2019

You can format FAT32 on macOS.

SCCRENDO | 28. mars 2019

@EVrider. As I have no experience with doing this on a Mac and @jimglas is having trouble why don't you walk us both through the steps

EVRider | 28. mars 2019

Let me clarify my previous reply: when you choose the FAT format using the macOS Disk Utility, it will actually format as FAT32. I've been confused by this myself.

SCCRENDO | 28. mars 2019

Again please explain the steps. From what I understand original windows formatting allowed only up to 32 gigs. So if you use up to a 32 gig thumb drive it would be easy. I bought a 128 gig drive and the link I posted is a utiliity that fools the computer into thinking it is 32 gigs.

TeslaTap.com | 28. mars 2019

I wrote this guide last week, as the formatting questions keep popping up. https://teslatap.com/articles/usb-flash-drives-for-tesla-dashcam/#format...

Shows step-by-step with screen shots of several different ways to format the flash drive. Explains the limitations too.

SCCRENDO | 28. mars 2019

Thanks Teslatap. Do you know how to format with a mac?

TeslaTap.com | 28. mars 2019

Instructions are at the end of that section for the mac. Should be fairly easy. Haven't' gotten around to screen shots yet.

jimglas | 28. mars 2019

thanks everybody. Very helpful. Working now.

SCCRENDO | 28. mars 2019

Which way did you go in the end

jimglas | 28. mars 2019

the apple disk utility formatting to MS-DOS (FAT) which is apparently FAT32
It was confusing since MS-DOS FAT32 soetimes comes up, but is greyed out

SCCRENDO | 28. mars 2019

Great thanks

asheridan | 22. september 2019

Thank you @EVRider!!! I'm a 35-year veteran of the Mac and do a tech podcast about Apple stuff and I could NOT figure out why FAT32 was greyed out. I think this is an idiotic move on Apple's part to replace it with MS-DOS (FAT) but still show MS-DOS (FAT32) in the pulldown as greyed out. You saved my day.