500 GiG External Drive

  peter99co 15:14 22 Apr 08

I have a Lacie 500 gig drive and intend to use it for Backup. It is formatted FAT32. Should I reformat to NTFS and if so how long would it take?

The procedure for a reformat would be helpful as well as the only thing I have formatted before is a RW CD.

My current Backup Drive is small and a backup takes 17 gig per run.

OS is Vista

  Jak_1 15:35 22 Apr 08

In short, yes. NTFS allows for larger file/folder sizes. Here's how to do it:
click here

  Stuartli 16:11 22 Apr 08

All about NTFS:

click here

Formatting and partitioning can (almost certainly) be done with the Seagate/Maxtor Disk Wizard freeware (a lite version of Acronis). See:

click here

  Stuartli 16:13 22 Apr 08

It formatted my 400GB Seagate OneTouch external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS in a matter of a few seconds...:-)

You can also extend the maximum partition capacity size if necessary (to more than 137GB) with a simple click.

  peter99co 17:20 22 Apr 08

Thanks for help

Jak_1 My system is Vista but I get the idea I think.

  peter99co 12:48 27 Apr 08

Format completed- Thanks for contributions

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