reformat external hard drive

  gagada 20:48 23 Aug 06
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Had my freecom 400gb external hard drive for a week now but undecided about reformatting it.It came formatted as fat 32.Some friends have said reformat to ntfs or you will lose data when transferring,others have said leave it as it is or you will lose data.
Somebody out there please help,what do I do?
I want to transfer stacks of video files and audio files.

  VoG II 20:50 23 Aug 06

You don't need to format it. If youy want to convert it to NTFS click here

  al224 20:50 23 Aug 06

if you want to just save data on it leave it as fat 32

otherwise, if u want to put xp on the external hard drive change to ntfs

  gagada 20:58 23 Aug 06

Thanks al 224,some sense at last.Its only data I want to transfer

  woodchip 21:10 23 Aug 06

If it is NTFS then you will be able to cram more stuff on it as the cluster size is smaller than Fat32.

Fat32 is faster to access but wastes more space for the same files

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