of the FAT File system.
You can easily convert the file system to NTFS (the ntsb you mention would be national transportation safety board). Follow this link and scroll down to the CONVERT command. Once there click on it for the proper syntax and parameters (essentially for you the command would be convert d: /fs:ntfs from within a command prompt window (click Start then Run then type CMD and click OK to get that command prompt window).
You don't mention how large the old drive you are using as an external is nor what file system it has.
my os is xp pro sp2.
i have a 160gb internal hard drive that is partitioned 80/80. one is ntsb, the other fat. i don't know why it just came that way. can i just change the fat partition to ntsb without any harm?
i also have an external hard drive from my old, mobo fried machine.
what i want to do is: backup everything to the d: partitioned drive, reformat my external hard drive to wipe it clean, backup everything to the external and the remove the partition of my new hard drive.
when attempting to backup on the d: drive, i receive the error message that my file size is too large (over 4gb). i am also not sure what "system state" files are (the help section on my pc says that they will enable me to boot off of the backup file) and wheher they would work as the help section says.
sorry if this too much, it's my first post. i am probably trying to do too much.