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Hi there i have a problem with my western digital (book essential edition 250GB). i try to format it to NTFS from FAT32 with the usual way (right click >format) but nothing happened. do u have any solutions or ideas? thx

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You need to set the partions first
then format

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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.
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