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Hard drive backup to an external hard drive

I formated my external hard drive to ntfs to be able to backup my dell laptop to it. as the backup finished, it told me "the asr diskette was not created. You will not be able to restore an asr backup without the system information stored on this diskette. Please refer to online help for further assistance." but i dont have a floppy drive on my computer...can you assist me on fixing this problem.

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After I format my hardisk for several times and the file system still showing RAW. how to make it ntfs.

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I have two dead (power supply) PC laptops that I would like to recover some music and pictures from. What is the most economical way to do this now that I have a macbook pro?

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If you are running your computer under ntfs should your external harddrive be formatted the same instead of fats32. If it does can I move my back up from the external hard drive and move it back after...

The external hard drive can remain formatted as FAT32. NTFS and FAT32 are the file systems used by the individual disk drives, and do not effect the data being read or written (i.e., you can transfer data between the two with no worries about compatibility). There ARE differences, however, and many would suggest using NTFS to avoid some limitations with FAT32. For example, FAT32 drives have problems with individual files over 4GB. Formatting in NTFS is definitely recommended for people storing large files like video and other media files.
Yes, you can move any data you have off of your external hard drive (to your system hard drive or another external you use temporarily), format your external hard drive with NTFS, and then transfer your backups and other data back to your newly formatted external drive.
You can also convert the drive to NTFS; but I recommend backing up the data first anyway in case of (rare) problem during conversion. Here is a link that has directions for both scenarios (scroll down for conversion info) for Windows XP.
The process to convert is similar for Vista and 7; here are the instructions from MS:

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I have a Maxtor 3100 100gb external HD and tried to backup my computer and it would only backup 4gb. I got a message that if the HD is formatted in FAT32 it would only backup 4gb. I need to backup about...

1. Please connect you external HD to your computer
2. Fat32 can only handle a limited amount of data
3.Go to the Control Panel
4. Open up Administrative Management
5. Open Computer Management
6. Open Disk Management
7. In the denter panel you will see your Maxtor expressed
8. Right click on the drive
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I can't restore pc formatted external hard drive back to Mac use

You probably formatted your harddrive in NTFS. NTFS is a so called "file system", but it is designed by microsoft, it only works on microsoft systems and on some linux distributions. However it is not compatible with mac.
So what now? You can go and find software that makes your mac ntfs compatible, or you could backup the files on a windows computer, format your drive in FAT32 and copy the files back to the drive. Take a look at this: That should make your mac NTFS compatible.
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Warning: Formatting a hard drive erases all data from the drive. Please backup any data prior to formatting the hard drive.
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1.Right-click on the Verbatim hard drive, left-click on Format.
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Yes, it can:
Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.
To format the drive with NTFS
Log on to your computer as an administrator.
Click on the Vista Orb right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
Under Storage, click Disk Management.
If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

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On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.
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On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

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On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

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Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.
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In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

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Click OK again.

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The external hard drive can be fomatted by :

Open the my computer, in the my computer or explorer window you should see the drive letter for the external drive.

Right click on the drive you will get the popup menu.

In that select the format option.

But always use NTFS file formatting system.NTFS provides several advantages over FAT32, including support for larger ile sizes.

Use the full format option.

Wait for sometime, until the format is completed.

Then you are good to go.

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This seems to be a good article on ASR backup and how to eliminate your error message.

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