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My 1.5 tb mybook has been formatted to fat32, and i cant watch movies on my ps3 no more loads up files really slow even freezes. Also disappears on my laptop sometimes then reappears. But transfers and loads really slowly why?

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FAT32 was the file type used for the early Windows operating systems. With the release of Windows NT and XP it switched to NTFS file system. FAT32 is still used however to transfer data between Mac and PC. The downside of FAT32 is the files read slower and file size cannot exceed 4GB. If you do not use a Mac I would suggest using the Disk Management utility in Control Panel under Computer Management to convert it to NTFS.

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