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Converting my external hardrive to fat32

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by elim, Oct 9, 2008.

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  1. elim

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    ok i have a 500gb external hdd which is on ntsc file format, i want to change it to fat32 becuase my ps3 doesnt recognize ntsc, so im wondering whats the best way to do it

    shall i put all the stuff on the hdd onto my comp, then convert it to fat32, then copy all the stuff back on it?

    also will fat32 work exactly the same on the my vista computer as with ntsc?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    With a drive that large, you may want to consider making 2 or more separate partitions on it. NTFS is a far superior faile system and is always to be preferred. But you can remove and create partitions on the drive in Disk Management. FAT32 will be considerably slower to access for large partitions, and none of the Vista security information can be maintained in a FAT32 file system.

    Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

    You will need a third-party partitioner/formatter to create a FAT32 file system in a partition that large.

    Partitioning Tools-->

    Free:

    Paragon Partition Manager 8.5-- PPM Special Edition serial and free registration
    CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
     
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    will it mess anything up???

    also does anything get damaged if i get reformatting it each time? or space lost
     
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    what would a new partion do???

    cant you like have half ntfs and half fat 32 on the 500gb hdd??

    or like wen i go into my computer can i have 2 removable drives both are the same hdd??

    eg one part is for my stuff another one is for my dads
     
  5. crazlunatic

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    i believe fat32 cannot handle any files bigger than 2GB in size. You're telling me your modern-day PS3 cannot read an ntfs drive?
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Sure, you can split it and have one 250 GB FAT32 drive and the rest an NTFS drive if you want to. It won't cause any problems.
     
  7. Antiapplekid

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    I googled it and before the 1.6 Update on the PS3 NTFS worked but I would recommend just using Norton Ghost backing up everthing and formating the drive
     
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