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Hi, my xp pc is starting to make odd 'grating noises' whenever i try to do anything. I guess its the hard drive. No errors appear. So i'm thinking of getting an external hard drive to back-up the whole pc. The last time i bought one (western digital 'my book', which failed = lost data) it came set up as FAT32, and it required me to change it it NTFS due to its Gb limitations. This deletes any software installed, but is necessary to transfer all the data in one go. Are there any Drives already NTFS enabled? I'm not sure where to go from here. - Tony

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it required me to change it it NTFS due to its Gb limitations. This deletes any software installed,

You should be able to convert to NTFS without losing data

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

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