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formatting external hard drive?

by ptam91 / November 24, 2006 3:46 PM PST

I wanted to reformat my western digital 250 gb hard drive. It says the file system is a fat32 right now. But when im about to reformat it, it only gives me the option to format it in NTFS. So will it my hard drive break or somthing if i reformat it in NTFS. Cause i wanna know how to just reformat it in fat32.

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What's your OS?
by Coryphaeus / November 24, 2006 8:56 PM PST

If you're running XP, the drive should be formatted in NTFS.

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windows xp
by ptam91 / November 25, 2006 5:10 AM PST
In reply to: What's your OS?

ok so i have a windows xp pro, so i just format it in ntfs and it'll still work?

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Yes. It will still work.
by lacsr / November 25, 2006 5:47 AM PST
In reply to: windows xp

Make sure you have any files you wanted to keep backed up because if you format the drive, anything on it will be lost.

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Of course it will. . .
by Coryphaeus / November 25, 2006 10:36 PM PST
In reply to: windows xp

XP (all versions) use the NT file system (NTFS). It's much more stable than the old DOS based FAT32.

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