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How do I reformat a LaCie external HD for Vista?

by yiwakawa / March 22, 2007 4:36 PM PDT

Hi I wanted to know what the best way to reformat a LaCie HD from a Mac format to a Windows Vista format is? I have the LaCie big disk 500GB with firewire and USB.
I'm using a format program on my Mac thats making the LaCie into a MS-DOS file system. Will this work or do I need to try something new?

Thank you for your help.

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i have a suggestion
by denni0302 / March 22, 2007 8:55 PM PDT

im not quite sure this would work, but with my hdd [just a normal sata hdd] i go into cmd type convert [drive letter]:/FS:NTFS then if it says Convert cannot gain exclusive access to the drive_letter:, so it cannot convert it now. Would you like to schedule it to be converted the next time the system restarts (Y/N)? press y then restart your computer and then it should be done. may go through a screen before the welcome screen

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Got it to work.
by yiwakawa / March 23, 2007 2:34 AM PDT
In reply to: i have a suggestion

OK the format that the iMac made on the LaCie worked with Vista, but when I right clicked on the LaCie Vista had a option to reformat the LaCie to the NTFS file system. I looked on the Microsoft's web site and they talked about how NTFS works with Vista, but don't work with earlier Microsoft OS? Since I'm only going to use Vista I think having a NTFS systems is not a bad deal with it's better reliability and stuff.

Again thank you for your help.

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Yep, basically MS-DOS got put ot bed
by Ray Harinec / March 23, 2007 3:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Got it to work.

with XP. XP could use either FAT 32 or NTFS, however FAT 32 cannot read NTFS, but NTFS can read FAT 32 with no problems.

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Great got it!
by yiwakawa / March 23, 2007 1:58 PM PDT

Thanks for the information people. It helped a lot.

One more thing do any of you know how to get my external hard drive to sleep when my computer sleeps? When I had it on my Mac the external went to sleep, but on the Vista it don't.

Thank you.

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NTFS when secured is ROCK SOLID
by ask4anu / March 23, 2007 2:14 PM PDT

spanned across a RAID ARRAY



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