Converting Seagate exFAT hard drive into FAT32

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lonewolf99

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I'm having a problem with my Seagate exFAT external hard drive, it just wont progress on copying files from my pc. I read that exFAT is kinda the worse type of hard drive and I am considering to convert my exFAT HDD into FAT32.

Is it safe to just convert it even if it says it is prone to disk crash?
 

lochlomonder

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I read that exFAT is kinda the worse type of hard drive
It's not a type of hard drive per se; it's a type of file system, and I think it has quite a few advantages over FAT32.

Just to get more of an idea of what's going on here: are you trying to copy a large amount of files with large file-sizes or, perhaps, a lot of small-file-size files? What happens during this copy process that leads to your concern about the drive?

In order to understand better what we are dealing with here, please download and run the TSG System Information Utility on the affected PC, and then post the results back to this thread.
 

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NTFS would be better than FAT32. If a file is large, 4GB, FAT32 will not accept it. NTFS doesn't have that problem.
it just wont progress on copying files from my pc.
Any errors? Are you positive that the external drive has enough space for the files you are trying to copy?

All the portable external hard drives I own (2 - 500 GB, 2 - 1TB and 3 - 2TB) came out of the box formatted as NTFS. I've had no problems.
 
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