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Win OS - Should I format my portable HD as NTFS?

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#1 TCSNinc


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:26 AM

I'm having a replacement drive sent to me as Win 8.1 had some wierd issues accessing the first copy:


Sometimes I could get into the drive but most time I couldn't.


When I could get into the drive, after copying several files back or forth, the drive would freeze

and I wouldn't be able to get back into it for awhile; nor see the drive listed in explorer or Disk Management


The drive comes formatted for exFAT


I'm wondering if I might avoid the above issue (if the problem just wasn't simpley a bad drive)

by formatting the new replacement as NTFS before even attempting to use it?

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:45 AM

NTFS is still the standard for assorted  'WInders' desktop OS variants; no reason not to use it...


Was the drive in question an external USB drive, or, a SATA drive just added internally addition for storage?


(I mention it because I sometimes see some weird behavior from an external USB drive on a USB front port , but, only if the port next to it is being used by my wireless Logitech keyboard/mouse adapter...)

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:50 AM

I think it will turn out that the drive was simply faulty, there's no reason for type of file system to give the symptoms you experienced.

However, NTFS would be the commonly used file system for a portable HDD, as long as you don't expect you may need to use it with an Apple computer. exFAT works best on flash drives, but can be used for regular hard drives where compatibility with Apple computers is needed. So can FAT32, but exFAT is a more advanced file system.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:26 AM

Can be just about anything, poor connections, faulty usb port, wires, hard drive, controller electronics inside the enclosure. I tend to stay away from plugging things into the front usb ports. Often times you will get a cross-talk as the wires are poorly shielded that come prebuilt with computer cases. Happens with mic/phono in front as well. Static and hiss sounds with movements of mouse.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 03:10 PM

Any time you're formatting a drive you need to consider what Operating Systems (OS) you are going to use with it and make sure that the format you select is compatible with all of the OSes you plan on using.  For instance I had an Android tablet that you can attach a USB drive.  However, the Android won't read exFAT, but will read FAT32.  So, when I copied movies to the 128GB USB stick I had to get additional software to format a 128GB drive as FAT32 on Windows 10 so that the tablet could play the movies.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 03:27 PM

Yes use NTFS, even if you dual boot linux it going to be useful for cross compatibility.

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