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A method of preparing nonepitaxially grown, highly textured L10 FePt thin films is described. A nearly perfect (001) texture was obtained by direct deposition of FePt films on Corning 7059 glass substrates and subsequent rapid thermal annealing. The ordering and orientation of the L10-phase FePt grains were controlled by the initial as-deposited film structure, and also by the annealing process. Magnetic measurements reveal large perpendicular anisotropy for these (001) textured films. The substrates and processes used for nonepitaxial growth of L10 ordered FePt films are much more compatible with practical applications than those grown epitaxially.