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I am trying to reformat the above-mentioned external hard drive. It came formatted in fat32. using windows xp, i can only reformat in ntfs, but i dont really understand the difference between the two formats, and the partition size, etc. So, can i get the drive back to factory specs, and how, or if i have to use NTFS, how? Thanks.
if you want to migrate your drive to other computers for universal compatability i would go w/ fat32. if you want a little more efficiency/security you could use ntfs. the only difference between ntfs and fat32 is security and limits on file sizes/volumes(partition sizes). ntfs can read fat32 partitions but fat32 cannot do the same. i would go with ntfs if you are going to be using this as like a backup, but for portability i would go with fat32 anyone else have thoughts??
you can use the format in winxp...right click on drive icon and click format use what filesystem you want. if that doesn't work , you can use a 3rd party utility like partition magic...if you need any more help just ask