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reformatting external hard drive - maxtor 3000 ls


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#1 penmark

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 02:55 PM

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.

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 09:10 PM

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??

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Posted 10 July 2005 - 08:13 AM

Thanks, but how can i reformat in FAT32 using windows xp home or some utility?

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Posted 10 July 2005 - 09:39 AM

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
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