External HD query

  Cesare 07:17 03 Nov 06
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Is it OK to connect an external HD USB file system FAT32 when my internal HD is NTFS please ?

  ICF 07:19 03 Nov 06

Yes no problem

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:32 03 Nov 06

Win 2k / Xp will read NTFS and All FAT systems.

Win 3.1/95/98/ME cannot see a NTFS drive

  Hertz Van Rentyl 09:55 03 Nov 06

You can reformat it to NTFS even if it contains data read all about it here.
click here

  flobby 10:02 03 Nov 06

Hi All,
I have a USB 2 Key Flash Drive and I have a couple of files on it, But I want to delete them and put another file on it, But each time I try, I get the error message “The Media is write protected”.
Can you help me to unprotect it.
Thank You
Flobby

  Probabilitydrive 10:11 03 Nov 06

some more thoughts to be found here click here on FAT versus NTFS.

  keef66 10:54 03 Nov 06

mine has a little button on it which you can slide to lock it to stop accidental erasure / overwriting (Like floppy disks do). Yours got one?

  Cesare 12:06 03 Nov 06

So exactly what is the best ? Is it better for me to reformat the external HD? It's WD Mybook250. Will I be able to use files from the external HD if I leave it FAT32 ?

  Sethhaniel 12:28 03 Nov 06

select properties
untick 'read only'
;)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:28 03 Nov 06

Will I be able to use files from the external HD if I leave it FAT32 ?

Yes the advantage of leaving in Fat is that you can plug it into a Windows 98 machine OK.

Advantag of NTFS is slightly better filing system and therfore more (only a little) available space on the drive.

Disadvantage of NTFS is taht a windows (* macine cnnot see it.

Personally I would leave it as FAT32

  Cesare 14:07 03 Nov 06

agree. I will leave it as FAT32. Thank you

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