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When I try to back up my computer files for Windows Vista using a Toshiba 320GB capacity portable external hard drive I receive the message that I need a ntfs drive. Can my external drive be converted to NTFS to work with Windows Vista and if so, how is this done?

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  • MariJanie Jul 23, 2008

    Thanks for the information. Much appreciated. I will give it a try.

    MariJanie

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    Imran Fazil May 11, 2010

    is Your Toshiba 320GB capacity portable external hard drive USB only drive?

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Whwhat the others have so far suggested are ways you can format the external Harddrv, Besides that if you want to convert the harddrv to NTFS( the Drive has to be an NTFS drive by default from manufacturer)
and If you are having trouble Backing up data Please use the software,"Preloaded NTI Shadow software "

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Hi Is there any data in the external hard disk drive that he may need before he does these operations?

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Yes, it can:
Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.
To format the drive with NTFS
1.
Log on to your computer as an administrator.
2.
Click on the Vista Orb right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
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Under Storage, click Disk Management.
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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 NWhen I try to back - 330a86a.gif />
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On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard Finish.

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Right-click your external drive (which will probabWhen I try to back - f8f5f91.gif E or drive F), and then click Format.
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In the Format dialog box, type a name for your eWhen I try to back - 7560a25.gifd drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

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Click OK again.

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If the external drive shows up in my computer, right click on it and click format. Follow the prompts to format to " NTFS "

or

Right click " my Computer " from desktop, click " Manage " On the left side click
" disk management"
Your external drive should be there. Right click on your external drive and choose " Format "

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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