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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This will depend on which type of computer and operating system you have if you are referring to formatting your hard drive to a specific format file system NTFS or FAT choose the Ntsf file system is more secureNtfs is more powerful than Fat or Fat32 and includes features required for hosting Directory as well as other important security features . You can use features such as Active Directory and Domain - based security only by choosing Ntfs your file systemIts easy to convert Partitions to Ntfs . The set up programs conversion makes it easy whether your partitions used Fat or 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.
You can increase
the performance of your computer using NTFS (New Technology File System)
hard drive volume with windows XP, because this advance file system
provides some extra features, for example security, reliability, file
encryption and Compression features. But if you are
still using old file systems like FAT or FAT32, you can covert it
into NTFS with a simple command. The interesting thing is that you
can convert your hard drive volumes file system without losing data
on the drive.Follow the giving
steps to convert FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS:
First go to
Start button then click on Run option.
Now type here
“CMD” and press Ok to open command prompt.
At the command
prompt type convert
drive letter name: /fs:ntfs
For example if you want to convert drive E to
NTFS then the command will be “convert e: /fs:ntfs”.
Now restart your computer and enjoy NTFS features, but keep in mind
you cannot covert back it to FAT or FAT32 again.
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
You need to o this anyway so try this and see if you can see your files. your file names in the pen drive may be to long or have characters in them that fat32 cannot see.
Windows XP: Your computer needs to be NTFS to see the large hdd, and to use files larger than 4 gig. If you computer is Fat32, then it will not see a large external or internal drive when the files in a folder on that drive add up to more than 4gb. The drive needs to be NTFS because when you start adding files to it, eventually it will freeze.
Fat32 to NTFS ------------------- you can change the file system with out losing the data
To Check your hard drive, flash drive or external hard drive do this. They ALL need to be NTFS to handle today's large size file addressing..
Open my computer, right click the drive >properties. In the pop up it will say FAT or NTFS in the file system. If its FAT you need to change it to NTFS to handle large files and drive sizes.
Do it in this order: 1, Open my computer> right click the drive >properties >tools >check now >tick both boxes to clear the disk of any errors, then: 2. defrag the drive (tools) 3. Enter the convert command like this: say the usb drive is F: Click Start > Run > "convert F: /fs:ntfs /v /nosecurity /x" without the quotes.
same for your C drive. (paste above convert command and change the drive letter)
I have done this a lot and never lost any data. Just don't interfere or take risks. The biggest risk is a power failure while its doing it. It doesn't take long. If you find it doesn't do the conversion, then run Chkdisk to fix errors then try again.
You can read about it in XP help files. Click start >help and support >type format in the search - look in the overview.
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
Check what the "File System" type is by going to Start, Control Panel,
Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Manager. Select the
external drive and read the "File System" type. The file system type
must be "FAT32" in order for the Playstation to recognize it.
If the file system type is "NTFS", right click and select "Delete Partition" or "Delete Volume" for Vista.
then recreate the partition but do NOT format it. Make sure you assign a drive letter (for this Tutorial, we'll use h:)
If you are running Windows, format the drive by going to the
command prompt (Vista, right click on command prompt in start menu and
click "run as administrator")and type in "format h: /FS:FAT32" (without
the quotes). You may need to substitute your drive letter. (note this
will not work on XP for a large hard drive - you will have to use a
third party formatting utility)
If you are using Mac OS X, open /Applications/Utilities/Disk
Utility.app, pick the drive, and click on the 'Erase' tab. Pick 'MS-DOS
(FAT)' for the file system type, and click on the 'Erase' button. This
will reformat the drive in FAT-32.
My question would be are the movies in the right format. Just because they play on your computer does not mean they will play on you DVD.NTFS or FAT 32 would have no bearing on this. They are simply data per sector protocols and are related to magnetic storage devices.You may need the proper codec for you computer so it can make a DVD you player can play.
You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.
Before you begin, note that the FAT32 file system has size limitations. In this version of Windows, you cannot create a FAT32 partition greater than 32 gigabytes (GB). In addition, you cannot store a file larger than 4 GB on a FAT32 partition. For more information, see Comparing NTFS and FAT file systems. Converting a hard disk partition or volume from NTFS to FAT32 requires that you reformat the partition, which will destroy any data on it. Be sure to back up any data you want to keep before you begin.