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Fat32 & Ntfs

I just want to know if there is a risk if I plug a fat32 drive (laptop sata) as a slave in my desktop where the main drive is in NTFS. I am scared that it ll ask me to format that drive and after lock it until I format it. I have datas that I need.

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Since the second drive is only a slave the file format wont matter so its OK if you use a FAT32 on that second drive it wont ask you to format that drive...

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I have a panasonic blu ray home cinema system, it says my usb isnt compatible cannot read it, trying to play music via a portable hard drive


It may be in the wrong format, there are 2 main format for usb hard drives, FAT32 and NTFS. You may have to reformat to a different format to what you currently have. To do this, you will need to plug it into a computer, go to Computer and right click on your drive and select format. Select either FAT32 or NTFS, make sure there is a tick in Quick Format and then click start. Please note, this will erase all data off your USB stick so make sure to copy all your data to your computer before you do this. If it doesn't work, then try the other format i.e if FAT32 does not work try NTFS. And just as a side note, the main difference between the 2 formats is FAT32 will not allow you to copy files over 4GB while NTFS will.

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How to Convert NTFS External Hard Drive to FAT32?


My friend Michael bought an external hard drive last month, yesterday he ran to me and ask how to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 safely and easily? I was so curious about why does he want to convert NTFS to FAT32; he said NTFS partition can't be read by DOS system. Since protecting data and files, I recommend him to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 with a third-party software-AOMEI Partition Assistant, which can convert hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 without data loss.

To computer users, NTFS and FAT32 are not strange. But seldom of them can tell what the difference between them. NTFS and FAT32 to partition are what DOC and TXT to text. In text, the file with DOC format can't be read by TXT application. Similarly, in some condition, not all files in different formatted partition can be read by same application. First, you'd better know some knowledge about NTFS and FAT32.

A Brief introduction of NTFS and FAT32

About FAT32

FAT 32 is one of partition format in windows system. It has 32bit file table, which strengthen FAT32's management to partition, and break through the limitation of 2GB space in every partition. Since the production cost of hard drive decreasing, the volume capacity is increasing. After applying FAT32 partition format, a big volume hard drive can be definite as a partition but not be divided into multiple partitions. It is good for management to hard drive. Now, FAT32 is replaced by NTFS.

About NTFS

NTFS is standard file system after Windows NT, 2000, XP, server 2003, server 2008, Vista, and 7. It replaces FAT to offer file system for Microsoft. NTFS make advanced on FAT and HPFS, such as to support metadata.
The difference between NTFS and FAT
As mentioned above, NTFS and FAT both are file system. However, NTFS is produced late than FAT32, but NTFS is more advanced in technology. In summary, the specific distinction are following below:
NTFS can support up to 64GB single file and 2048GB partition. FAT32 supports up to single file with 4GB and partition with 32G.
NTFS does not need Defragment your hard disk.
NTFS support to compress partition, folders and files.
NTFS takes a little cluster, which can help to manage space of hard drive effectively, and avoid wasting space of hard drive at the most extent.
In NTFS partition, you can share sources, folders and set access permissions on files. It is more secured than FAT32 partition.
How to know which partition format is suitable for you
As mentioned above, NTFS and FAT32 have its own advantages. When we choose which file system, you should consider the factors below:
Computer is installed with single system, or multiple systems.
The number and capacity of local installed hard disk.
Whether has consideration about security or not.
If computer is installed single system, and there is security to consider, you can select FAT32. Or NTFS is not bad choice absolutely.
Why need to convert NTFS External Hard Drive to FAT32?
NTFS and FAT32 are two different types of file systems, and both of them are commonly used and contain different characters. You may make conversions between the two types, and here we got several cases that you need to convert external hard drive to FAT32:
If your external hard drive is formatted in NTFS, you would not be able to access some files from DOS mode or Windows 9X, then you need to covert external hard drive to FAT or FAT32.
NTFS can't be recognized by many devices, such as Xbox 360, PS3, etc. in that case, you have to convert the external hard drive to FAT32 so that it can work with your devices.
There are more situations in which you need to convert external hard drive to FAT32, and there are different ways which you may realize the goal.
Methods to convert NTFS External hard drive to FAT32
At present, there are two main ways that you may convert external hard drive to FAT32, one is to convert to FAT32 with Windows built-in Disk Management, and another one is to convert to FAT32 with third-party software like AOMEI Partition Assistant. Let's see the details:

Method1: Convert an External Hard Drive by reformatting

1. Open the Disk Management in Windows.
2. Right click on the external hard drive and select "Format..." in the drop-down menu.
3. Select "FAT32" in the "File system" line and then choose "Quick format".
4. Finally click "Start" to format, and this process may cost you minutes.
Note: If the drive is larger than 32GB, the "FAT 32" option would be invalid and once format, the information or data in the external hard drive will disappear. So, backup the data or partition if necessary and you need to know how to convert hard drive larger than 32GB into FAT32.

Method2: Convert an External Hard Drive without formatting

You can download the third-party software to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32, what is the most advantage is that convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss. Comparing with disk management in computer, the third-party software will save your time and money. You don't need to buy other external hard drive to store data, just for converting partition format. Of the third-party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant is good choice. The specific introduction of how to convert NTFS external hard drive to FAT32.

As a kind of advanced partition software, AOMEI Partition Assistant can easily convert an external hard drive to FAT32, and you can also convert an external hard drive larger than 32GB into FAT32. This software is running well with Windows platform including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions are supported. With its help, you need no to format your external hard drive and thus you can convert NFTS to FAT32 without data loss. Now, you may download AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition and have a try.

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Convert FAT or FAT32 File system into NTFS


You can increase the performance of your computer using NTFS (New Technology File System) hard drive volume with windows XP, because this advance file system provides some extra features, for example security, reliability, file encryption and Compression features.
But if you are still using old file systems like FAT or FAT32, you can covert it into NTFS with a simple command. The interesting thing is that you can convert your hard drive volumes file system without losing data on the drive. Follow the giving steps to convert FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS:
  • First go to Start button then click on Run option.
  • Now type here “CMD” and press Ok to open command prompt.
  • At the command prompt type convert drive letter name: /fs:ntfs
  • For example if you want to convert drive E to NTFS then the command will be “convert e: /fs:ntfs”.
  • Now restart your computer and enjoy NTFS features, but keep in mind you cannot covert back it to FAT or FAT32 again.
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Is WDBAAU0015HBK is fat 32 system file format? IsWDBAAU0015ABK is also available? How to convert my existing seagate 1tb hard disk from ntfs to fat32 with out making partition?


You can convert FAT32 to NTFS, but you cannot reverse this process. If you want to set up the hard drive for FAT32 you need to delete the NTFS partition the create a new partition and then format in FAT32.

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How can increase memory/speed on my Acer notebook? What is 'FAT 32'?


memory is a hardware upgrade which usually plugs in into the bottom of the laptop. If you look on the bottom you will see a couple doors that unscrew and, but depending on the laptop you will be limited to how much you memory you can add. Also since you are asking about fat32 I will assume your laptop is at least 6 years old (FAT32 is the format of the hard drive, old DOS used FAT, when Microsoft released windows 95, it made options for bigger hard drives called FAT32, then with the release of Windows NT and later Windows machine use a hard drive format called NTFS. NTFS is still the current disk format even with windows 7) NTFS is more secure and can handle very large hard drives. If you let me know what ACER you have I can let you know how much memory you can add.

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Can not get hard drive to convert from fat32 to ntfs


Convert FAT32 to NTFS In Windows XP:

  • Click Start -> Run
  • Enter "cmd" into the text field labeled "Open".
  • Click OK button
  • If you want to convert drive D (D:), enter the command "vol d:" in the command window, to find the volume label for the D: partition
  • Then enter the command "convert d: /fs:ntfs" to convert the D: partition from FAT32 to NTFS
  • When prompted, enter the volume label for the partition

Convert FAT32 to NTFS In Windows Vista and 7:

  • Click Start sphere.
  • In the Start Menu search box, simply enter "cmd" and hit enter.
  • If you want to convert drive D (D:), enter the command "convert d: /fs:ntfs" to convert the D: partition from FAT32 to NTFS that way can be confusing so an easier way is to download a free software heres the link http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

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How do I format my WD MyBook Elite to FAT32


Using FAT32 these days on a current OS will half the
HDD storing capabilities especially if your unit uses'
a SATA HDD , FAT32 speed compared to NTFS is
less than half and the compression tool on NTFS
are more compact and compile better , also FAT32
is used to apply an operating system not for external
storage and if you are using your external storage HDD for holding an operating system to the HDD
will be suspectable to contracting viruses and
putting your data at risk , since the external HDD
is static and does not run through the OS registry

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Reformat my external drive to NTFS


The only risk associated with file formats is that a drive formatted with FAT32 file system will not see NTFS formatted file system, whereas, a drive formatted with NTFS file system will definitely see FAT32.
To make it clearer, this means that, if on your system, your hard drive which is having the operating system installed on it, is formatted with FAT32 file system, and you bring an external drive, or even a backup drive which is formatted with NTFS file system, and you plug it to your system, the system will detect it but it wont be able to access the full drive capacity, you will just see it in the device manager page that it is connected.
But If it is Vice-Versa, the NTFS formatted drive will detect the FAT32 drive.
Now in your own case, if your system is formatted in NTFS file system and you plug in your external drive which is NTFS formatted also, from what you have said, I suspect that you have some hidden partitions on your harddrive (the 250GB), so when you plug it, try and do this, Right-Click on my computer icon, select manage, then go to Disk Management Option.
On the Disk management option Page you should see ALL the drives installed on your system, including the hidden ones, so what you will just do is, try and locate the one representing your external drive, and right click on it. then select "Change Drive letter and Paths", and give the drive any new, unique letter (i.e alphabet) different from the ones already on your system, and click on OK.
If you see any other hidden drives there, do the same thing to it.
This should make your External Drive to be detected automatically.
Hope this helps you out.
Goodluck!

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