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#1 10 years ago

So I just got a terabyte external HD. I have some big files around 5GB that I need to put on there. Unfortunately it is Fat32, so it keeps telling me there isn't enough space. Is formating the drive to NTFS a good thing to do? If I do it, will I lose all of my files?




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#2 10 years ago

When you format to NTFS you will lose all data currently on the drive, so back it up somewhere else before you format.

I honestly can't think of a reason to even use the older FAT formats today, most everything is NTFS.


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#3 10 years ago

How do I do that, just through the format in the right click menu?




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#4 10 years ago

You can (I assume you are in XP or Vista) or you can use an external formatting program

In XP, go to Control Panel/Administrative Tools and launch Computer Management, then select Storage and Disk Management.

You can format it from there. Not sure how it's done in Vista.

You can also use a program like GParted or Partition Magic to format the disc.


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#5 10 years ago
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.;4775194In XP, go to Control Panel/Administrative Tools and launch Computer Management, then select Storage and Disk Management.

Or just right-click > Format on the drive.




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#6 10 years ago

If you're running Windows XP you may also use the command line tool "CONVERT". Basically the syntax should be something like convert x: /FS:NTFS where x is the driver letter for your external HDD. If I remember well it will ask you for the volume name as a confirmation. So you shouldn't loose anything as you don't actually reformat.