I m useing the drive as external hdd. but as per my requirement i need the file system in fat or fat32. But whenever it is linked to my pc runned on xp professional service pack 2 the only file system shown at the time of formatting is Ntfs. The other hdd can be formatted in fat or fat32 in the same pc.So pl suggest me how I can format the same in fat or fat32.
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Open your command prompt and format the drive type formatvolume [/fs:file-system]
volume: Specifies the mount point, volume name, or drive letter of the drive you want to format. /fs:file-system: Specifies the file system to use FAT, FAT32, or NTFS Floppy disks can use only the FAT file system. Example.........FORMAT E: /FS:FAT32.....Press enter. E: is my second drive
The MAC can read PC formatted USB flash drives BUT the USB flash drive MUST be formatted in FAT32 not NTFS. I have a MAC and I also transfer photos from my PC to my daughter's MAC notebook. You can also transfer files from the MAC to the PC using these FAT32 formatted USB flash drives.
A disk may be formatted using different file systems. The ones used by Windows PCs are FAT32 (an extension of the old MS-DOS FAT) and the newer NTFS.
If the drive is formatted as FAT32, the maximum file size is 4.294 million bytes (some systems report this as 4.294 GB; it is actually 4 GB minus one byte).
If this is the case (Start -> Run Command -> DISKMGMT.MSC and look for your external drive, it will say something like 489 GB NTFS or 489 GB FAT32), my suggestion is to back it up somewhere else and reformat it as NTFS. There also are utilities to convert FAT32 into NTFS, but if anything goes wrong during the conversion, you can say goodbye to all your data.
Note that you won't be able to access a NTFS formatted external drive except from Windows PCs (and most Linux, usually read only), while FAT32 disks are readable from Mac OS X too.
You can specify the format type on the option page for format before you press the format button when displaying the drives in "My Computer"
Additionally, you can CONVERT an existing FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS. Follow the steps below for Windows XP:
Click Start, point to All
Programs, point to Accessories, and then click
At the command prompt, type the following, where
drive letter is the drive that you want to convert:
convert drive letter: /fs:ntfs For example, type the following command to convert drive E to
convert e: /fs:ntfsNote
If the operating system is on the drive that you are converting, you
will be prompted to schedule the task when you restart the computer
because the conversion cannot be completed while the operating system
is running. When you are prompted, click YES.
When you receive the following message at the command
prompt, type the volume label of the drive that you are converting, and then
The type of the file system is FAT.
Enter the current volume label for drive drive
When the conversion to NTFS is complete, you receive the
following message at the command prompt:Conversion
If your External HDD file system is configured as FAT32 instead of NTFS, the max file size limit . By using NTFS, you get increased
security, file compression, disk quotas, and encryption—features you
don't get with FAT.
To convert the default (FAT32 to NTFS):
Close all open programs to avoid loss of data. Be prepared to restart your computer.
Open Command Prompt, and at the command prompt, type convert C: /FS:NTFS, where C represents the drive letter of the disk to convert. Press Enter or Return on the keyboard.
Wait while the process completes. Don't do anything while the conversion is taking place. You can also open a Command Prompt from the Run line (available from the Start menu). Just type cmd and press Enter.
Other useful links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table
files bigger than 4 gigs cannot be save on fat32 drives. NTFS file system is capable of saving files bigger than 4 gigs.
The MAC - to PC did nothing to change it. It did not change while she look it at her pc.
If u want to be able to copy files bigger than 4 gigs to your drive, change the format to ntfs.
It is easy to convert partitions to NTFS. The Setup program makes conversion
easy, whether your partitions used FAT, FAT32, or the older version of NTFS. This kind of
conversion keeps your files intact (unlike formatting a partition). If you do
not need to keep your files intact and you have a FAT or FAT32 partition,
it is recommended that you format the partition with NTFS rather than
convert from FAT or FAT32. Formatting a partition erases all data on the
partition and allows you to start with a clean drive.
Whether a partition is formatted with NTFS or converted using the convert
command, NTFS is the better choice of file system. For more information about
Convert.exe, after completing Setup, click Start, click Run, type
cmd, and then press ENTER. In the command window, type help
convert and then press ENTER.