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Have to change format of external hard drive from a FAT to a NFTS

I have a Western Digital Book 1T Book hard drive and I have a Dell Optiplex I have to run so many programs this year in school so my computer could not fit this 2nd AutoCad program I was advised to get the external drive but as Isaid it is in the wrong format also my 16 month old son ate my booklet, if you are familiar with children that age then you know they are related to Billy Goats and will eat anything well I left my office door open when i went to school and he had a party so I am asking for your help in how to format this also can I use this drive to hold the whole program so I would just open this up and be able to use my cad programs I appreciate your help should you need help on building advice I am in my last year of Architectual school and am a licensed GC in 11 states but disabled your help will be so greatly appreciated
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  • btempered1 Mar 08, 2009

    I found that you have to click on Quick Format then go to the drives and click on the new drive and link it to the C: partition the one thing it does is make you leave at least 8mb in the original format but that wsn't bad considering I was adding Tgb to my computer.

    Thanks for the advice really helped

  • Shadow1989 May 11, 2010

    Does your computer recognize the drive? And have you used this drive before?



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Go to my computer and right click on the external drive then look through and click format in there you should be able to do what you need to.

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How do i chance to a FAT32

why do you need to change to fat 32, what filesystem do you have in place?There is a selection of applications that come with a Western Digital external drive, they are usually on the drive. If you have formatted the drive you may have deleted them.You can probably download them from the Western Digital site.Hope this helpsregards

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I have a WD My Book Essential. I have been trying to format it to be compatible with my ps3 but nothing seems to work. I tried to format as FAT32 but now I have a message saying I have ''no writable disk...

Assuming PS3 works with FAT32, format the hard drive using the WD's FAT 32 formatter. Call WD and they will direct you to the correct download location for your hard drive.

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How do I format my Western Digital 1T to fat32 for ps3?

Without a firmware update your PS3 needs it to be fat32 as you've noticed, and without the use of a utility Windows will not let you format a 1tb using fat32

You're best be it to download a program called SwissKnife, it's a utility that will allow you to format the drive the way you want

WARNING: Before using SwissKnife to format the drive, you have to take all the data off of it (onto your computer or another drive), if you don't then when you format the drive every file will be lost.

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I cannot copy files FROM my Western Digital 500GB


Check the file system of your hard drive. If your PC is recognizing it, check if its a FAT or NTFS. If it is NTFS then you have to reformat it using your Mac and choose FAT. Mac OS recognizes NTFS as a read only drive. If you plan using it with your PC and MAC you should format it using your mac and choose MS-DOS in disc Utility. You cannot format the drive using your PC Computer with a FAT file system because of the capacity. Only Mac can format it with a FAT file system.

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Not Supported by my Mac

It needs to be formatted for mac use.  If you are going to be using it on both Windows and Mac OS X, you need to format it in windows as a FAT 32 partition.  If you are going to be using it Mac ONLY, then you can format it in disk utility.  

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Format external hard drive to NFTS

Assuming you are running Windows XP or Vista, the easiest is through the Disk Manager.
Open the administrative tools from the Start menu and select Computer Management. Then select Disk Management in the console.
Now you can right-click the disk and select Format. Chose NTFS and wait for it to finish (which will take some time!).

Do realize that this will erase your data on the disk. If you do not want that, you need to use the CONVERT command from the command prompt. type CONVERT /? to find out about its usage.


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Wd My book, mac and windows

Plug it into your mac, open "Disk Utility" select your Hard Drive in the list to the side, click "RAID" change the Volume Format to MS-DOS (FAT). Now unplug it, plug it into your PC, open "My Computer" right click your Hard Drive and click "Format" change to FAT(it might be FAT 32, or something else). Click "Format." This should work.
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