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#1 munz



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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:51 PM

hi everyone,

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.

#2 Mickey



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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:44 PM

There is no problem with reformatting to NTFS. Manufacturers likely format to FAT32 by default because it's usable by the widest range of end users out-of-the-box. Saves on support calls. ;)

#3 Tacoboy



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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:47 PM

I've never looked into it, but why would any hard drive manufacturer format with FAT32, are you sure it's FAT32?
Just download Western Digital's "Data Lifeguard Tools" and reformat with NTFS.

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#4 Chewy509



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Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:30 AM

but why would any hard drive manufacturer format with FAT32

Does MacOS X support NTFS?
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.
"SCSI is not magic. There are fundamental technical reasons why you have to sacrifice a young goat to your SCSI chain every now and then." John F. Woods

#5 munz



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Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:44 AM

thanks for the feedback guys, so can i just format within windows or is there a benefit of formatting using Data Lifeguard Tools?

#6 discjet



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Posted 17 February 2009 - 11:42 AM

Go ahead and format with Windows' built-in tools, no need to get WD Data LifeGuard stuff for that.

and one more to Chewy509's list:

Do USB-drive supporting standalone media players and digital tv receivers support NTFS?




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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:40 PM

If there's already data on the disk, just convert the file system.

convert x: /fs:ntfs
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#8 tipycle



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Posted 10 October 2010 - 10:00 PM

You should know NTFS support more features than the FAT32. And considering the superiority it gives, many people convert FAT32 to NTFS to experience its superiority. We know that convert FAT32 to NTFS is simple--through the disk management, but if we want to revert it back (such as we face some trouble about the NTFS file system-NTFS file system invalid or can not recognize) it is difficult to finish unless format the partition.
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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