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Western Digital USB drive Reformat for XP?

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#1 blov10


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Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:30 PM


I just bought a WD 320gb external usb hard drive. We bought it to store photos on. It says its formatted for FAT32. XP is NFTS. Do I need to reformat or can I use the drive how it is? There is info with the drive that tells me how to reformat. I just didn't know if I need to or not.

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:18 AM

It's strictly a matter of choice, XP can see both NTFS and FAT32 file systems.

Me...I would use NTFS over FAT32, since I don't know of any particular advantage in using FAT32 over NTFS.

Worth reading, IMO: FAT32 or NTFS Making the Choice - http://www.theeldergeek.com/ntfs_or_fat32_file_system.htm AND How to convert a FAT16 volume or a FAT32 volume to an NTFS file system in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881.


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Posted 15 September 2009 - 03:43 PM

Thanks for the information. I guess what started this whole thing was something about FAT32 and only allowing certain file sizes to be transferred. It said to reformat to NTFS if you didn't want to have this problem. I'm only going to be storing photos so I didn't know if it would pertain to my situation or not.

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