FAT32 and NTFS

  suedeblue 15:10 18 Jun 08
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I've just taken delivery of a Freecom 500GB external drive and want to know if I should delete the FAT32 and convert to NTFS. I am using Windows XP.
Any advice would be gratefully received as usual.

  Technotiger 15:14 18 Jun 08

Go for NTFS. Use the convert command.

  Technotiger 15:16 18 Jun 08

More information here ... click here

  woodchip 15:18 18 Jun 08

If you only use the drive with NTFS computers then remove the Fat32 system

  suedeblue 15:39 18 Jun 08

Thanks for the info.
Will I need to make sure that both my computer and external drive are both NTFS or does it not matter.

  provider 2 15:46 18 Jun 08

Maybe it depends to some extent on what you intend to use it for and with what. All the programs and files on my pc are on the C drive in NTFS, but the D drive has the OEM XP in FAT32 and is "locked". It`s an hp machine and not in the first flush of youth, but I understand some other manufacturers use this system too.

I thought there might be a problem when cloning my disc because of this but not so. Acronis TrueImage 11 (and possibly earlier versions also), sort this out for you.

  suedeblue 15:46 18 Jun 08

Do I need more than one partition?

  gazzaho 15:46 18 Jun 08

As far as I know if your computer is using XP service pack 2 upward it is alredy NTFS, if I remember correctly service pack 2 automatically converts the file system to NTFS on installation. If I'm wrong someone will surely correct me.

  suedeblue 15:48 18 Jun 08

Thnaks everyoone for your help. I've checked and my c drive is already NTFS.

  gazzaho 15:51 18 Jun 08

I should have also mentioned that it shouldn't matter if the external drive is FAT32 or not. I use FAT32 formatted external drives on my system with no problems.

  Technotiger 16:32 18 Jun 08

True, but read my information link above, and you will see that NTFS is best if using XP.

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