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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.
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.
Posted on May 17, 2011
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