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I have a USB HDD that came as FAT32, and I want to format/reformat it to NTFS.

 

Some one told me to just right click > format, but I don't see that option?

 

I checked the properties of the drive, but nothing under tools or anywhere.

 

Help please?

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Have you tried just converting it? I'm not sure if the convert utility works for USB drives, but its worth a try. go Start>Run>CMD.exe once in the cmd shell type "C:\> CONVERT C: /fs:ntfs" except C: will be the letter for your drive, say the USB drive is D replace those C:'s with D. Good luck. And remember, no quotes. :P

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If its larger than (i think) 36GB then you either need to use a 3rd party app away from windows like partition magic or dos to manage it.

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When you right click under my computer format is a few options above Properties.

 

In all honesty though leaving it FAT32 is a better idea. If you try using the drive on an older system (like Win 98) it wont be able to read your NTFS drive.

 

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No, I use XP and it's 250 gigs (well, 232 gigs actually, stupid marketing. :glare: ).

 

I didn't think to right click in My Computer, I thought it was IN the drive.

 

And the CMD.exe command the other person gave me didn't work.

 

And in Right Click > Format, what Allocation size (Default, etc.) and should I check "Quick Format" and/or "Enable Compression?"

 

Thanks, I am a noob, as you can see...

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No, I use XP and it's 250 gigs (well, 232 gigs actually, stupid marketing. :glare: ).

 

I didn't think to right click in My Computer, I thought it was IN the drive.

 

And the CMD.exe command the other person gave me didn't work.

 

And in Right Click > Format, what Allocation size (Default, etc.) and should I check "Quick Format" and/or "Enable Compression?"

 

Thanks, I am a noob, as you can see...

Didn't work? Maybe it just doesn't work on USB drives... dunno. I've used it a few times though. Quick format is fine and you don't need compression with 250 gigs. :P

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In all honesty though leaving it FAT32 is a better idea. If you try using the drive on an older system (like Win 98) it wont be able to read your NTFS drive.

 

EDIT:

 

People still have Windows 98? I havent seen anything but 2000 or XP in 2 years. . .

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linux can read and write to fat32, whereas ntfs it cant write to it. well it can edit existing info as long as it does not require changing file size. so it might be worth leaving it fat32 for that.

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People still have Windows 98? I havent seen anything but 2000 or XP in 2 years. . .

Yeah a crapload of ppl still have 98. I don tuse it anymore, but I do have hardware that if i was so incluined to run, would use it. At the same time i know one or two ppl still using 95...but it's getting to be rare. for portable drives i still say keep it FAT32.

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And I being one of those PPL that still use 2000/98/95 and my new found OS; NT. Seriously, I found this Disk in this attic where I am living. I am having loads of fun with it by creating all kinds of chaos within the OS. Then I'll try and repair it. Moral of the story is; Trial and error. Create an scenario, execute it, and see what happens. If it get's messed up and see if I can repair it. I know...sounds dumb and pointless but, I have no life and am a dork.

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when your dealing with 800mhz pcs, 98 is a better idea unless your willing to buy 512 of PC133 ($50)

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