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I recently changed my fat 32 external drive to NTFS and while converting the external drive got disconnected because of a power failure in the house so now when i try to connect to the external drive it works for like 10 secounds then i get this error... "error because of a I/o error" or something close to that i cant remember what the error was.. i have tried running a disc check but it did not work nothing came up... any advice ???? please ???

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Ideally youll need to take the external device apart and installed the actuall hard drive into your machine, that will eliminate if its the actual drive or the external housing...

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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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Often we face problem while shifting data to USB drive or flash drive when the size of the data is big. It is because of the format of the USB or flash drive which is FAT 32. So here goes the way out to convert FAT 32 into NTFS-

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Windows XP:
Your computer needs to be NTFS to see the large hdd, and to use files larger than 4 gig. If you computer is Fat32, then it will not see a large external or internal drive when the files in a folder on that drive add up to more than 4gb.
The drive needs to be NTFS because when you start adding files to it, eventually it will freeze.

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To Check your hard drive, flash drive or external hard drive do this. They ALL need to be NTFS to handle today's large size file addressing..

Open my computer, right click the drive >properties. In the pop up it will say FAT or NTFS in the file system. If its FAT you need to change it to NTFS to handle large files and drive sizes.

Do it in this order:
1, Open my computer> right click the drive >properties >tools >check now >tick both boxes to clear the disk of any errors, then:
2. defrag the drive (tools)
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same for your C drive. (paste above convert command and change the drive letter)

I have done this a lot and never lost any data. Just don't interfere or take risks. The biggest risk is a power failure while its doing it. It doesn't take long. If you find it doesn't do the conversion, then run Chkdisk to fix errors then try again.

You can read about it in XP help files.
Click start >help and support >type format in the search - look in the overview.

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