1TB WD Elements FAT32 or NTFS?
Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:51 PM
it's been a while since my last visit and again i could use the helpful assistance of some of the veteran members here. i just purchased another WD elements 3.5' external hard drive (model no: WDE1U10000). not sure if it's got 16MB or 32MB cache, however my problem is that this drive (as all external drives) are factory formatted in FAT32. this normally isn't a problem however i have a large collection of HD files and 8.5GB DVD rips on my system. FAT32 doesn't allow you to transfer files larger than 4GB to the drive.
Question: can i format this drive to NTFS without any negative side effects? if so then why do the manufacturers still format them in FAT32 when NTFS has been around for years?
thanks for your assistance.
Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:44 PM
Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:47 PM
Just download Western Digital's "Data Lifeguard Tools" and reformat with NTFS.
AMD 4170/8GB memory
C300 180GB SSD
AMD 7870 2GB
Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:30 AM
Does MacOS X support NTFS?
but why would any hard drive manufacturer format with FAT32
Does Linux support NTFS? (reliably)
Does FreeBSD support NTFS?
Does QNX support NTFS?
Does Solaris/OpenSolaris support NTFS?
(What I mean is, that support works 100% of the time out of the box, not needing 3rd party software).
All the above support FAT32 natively... And plus, you don't have to worry about file security issues with FAT32 formatted drives.
Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:44 AM
Posted 17 February 2009 - 11:42 AM
and one more to Chewy509's list:
Do USB-drive supporting standalone media players and digital tv receivers support NTFS?
Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:40 PM
convert x: /fs:ntfs
Posted 10 October 2010 - 10:00 PM
So, I share something useful information about the conversion between the NTFS and FAT32 I just got yesterday--there is new released software named NTFS to FAT32 Converter, it can easily convert NTFS to FAT32 without data losing. Maybe you will use it in case. NTFS to FAT32 Converter will be a right-hand file system assistant. Your trouble to convert NTFS to FAT32 will no longer fret you.
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