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Hey guys, I have a WD External 640GB HDD and I want to convert it to NTFS from FAT32. My External Drive is under (E:) connected via USB 2.0

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If you want to convert the file system of that hard drive to NTFS , you can only do that when you format the drive, so in order for you to do that right click the E: and click Format and from there you can select the file system that you want to use.

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