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Changing system files

How can you change the file system from NTSF to a fat32, your computer is useing znTSF with XP?

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If its an external drive go to my computer, right click on the drive and click format. In the format box you should be able to choose which file system to use. Note: This will erase ALL data on the drive. This works with any secondary drive. For the primary drive you would have to reinstall windows, formatting in the XP setup process to change the file system type.

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