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External usb drive from FAT32 vs NTFS


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#1 damando

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:10 AM

Is it possible to change a drive that is FAT32 to a NTFS and still keep the contents without loosing it ? or do I need to format the drive and loose everything ?

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:40 AM

To format a drive is erasing the contents.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:42 AM

You can change the FAT32 to NTFS without losing or changing any data, but if you try to convert NTFS back to FAT32 it will have the same effect as formatting the hdd.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:17 AM

Thank You "Arachibutyrophobia"......................as far as "Forum Addict" thankx for repeating me and NOT answering my question.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

Just so you understand, Arachibutyrophobia and Forum Addict are our member names, like your is New Member. Our user names are dc3 and jhayz, as yours is damando.

Once you have made 1,000 posts you can change your member name.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:44 PM

There is a compatibility issue which has caused the manufacturers to use FAT32 as their file system, Mac, Linux right out of the box aren't compatible with NTFS.

One of the differences between FAT32 and NTFS is the file size. FAT32 has a limit of 4GB file size, this is less than a 4.75GB DVD.

To convert FAT32 to NTFS you can get the instructions from Windows.

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