fat 32 format. got a driver from microsoft to allow windows to read a large fat32 but still a no go
Sorry, but that does not parse: all versions of Windows should
support FAT32 natively (since that's the default FS on pretty much all removable storage), what exactly did you download/install?
Also, you might want to take a peek at the Device Manager when you plug in the external drive to see if it's at least recognized (if it's not, it don't matter what
FS is on the drive if it can't be seen)