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What should be the standard format for portable HDD? is it NTFS or FAT? and does this affect the loading performance on computer specially when retrieving files on it?

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Depends on what you want to store on it. FAT can only handle files that are less than 2GB. If you want to put bigger files on it then NTFS is the way to go. NTFS is usually faster than FAT, but for compatability with older computers (Win98 or earlier) you probably should use FAT32.

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SOURCE: Format from NTFS to FAT 32

You'll want to leave this drive in NTFS format as FAT32 has lots of limitations in cluster size and total drive size.

The issue with your DVD- Media Player has nothing to do with how you formatted an external 1TB HDD.

It's possible that the two occured at the same time for different reasons.

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to convert a drive from NTFS to FAT32 you need to use partition magic program

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SOURCE: Iomega fat 32 formatter program does not allow me

If you really must have fat 32 (maybe for MAC use ?) then windows itself does not support doing a fat format on large drives.

However there is a fix Yup thats why they call it FIXYA

Here is a link to just what you need

Hope its what you need and good luck

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