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Un-doing an NTFS partition on a new drive

by Skizzicks / March 20, 2014 5:52 AM PDT

Someone was nice enough to give me a brand new 250GB external drive. Since I just purchased a new PC with Windows 7 installed, I thought the new drive would be perfect for doing backups, (something I've never done before.) Windows 7 said I should partition the external drive to an NTFS format, and I figured out how to accomplish that. But - once I tried to do the backup I got a message something like this - "are you kidding... this drive is way too small buddy." So, now I think I'm gonna use it like a very large desk top thumb drive... My question is, should I try to un-do the NTSF format? I'm asking cuz I have absolutely no idea what an NTSF partition is.

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I doubt it's a NTFS issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2014 5:56 AM PDT

You didn't reveal what you were trying to backup or the backup software. We know that the Microsoft backup software should be avoided so why not copy what you can't lose to that drive using Explorer?


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by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 20, 2014 6:02 AM PDT

On a 250 GB drive you can backup 100.000 mp3's or 150.000 pictures. I don't know how much you have, but for me it's more than enough. Although it depends on what backup program you use and what you want to backup, my guess is that it's enough for you also. Unless, of course, you put a ton of movies on your brand new PC and want to backup them immediately in stead of just keeping the DVD's you copied them from on a safe place.

And since most, if not all, external drives come ready to use, partitioned and formatted, there's no need with them to do anything like that yourself. Just plug in and start using it to store files (a backup is nothing more than one or more files, so you can use it for backups also).

So your story is lacking a lot of detail of what you did, what you tried to do and what happened.


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Practice and then use
by Willy / March 24, 2014 12:42 AM PDT

Since, you're a newbie at this, you need to review just how your ext. HD works. If brand new you can read the manual or DOC file and see what is expected. Once, it has been properly setup as ready for use, then you can back-up. If it uses it's own back-up s/w or you have access from "their support website" to retrieve the s/w and/or manual as well if none was provided. I have no idea brand of ext. is being discussed, but most provide at least that.

Of course, if your back-up are huge as the "response offered" then you have to reasonable in what you're backing up. I offer you pick the "critical data" and NOT whole HD back-up as "C" because that usually isn't easy or possible unless you "image or clone" and thus the ext. HD have all the storage space available for that task. Like you have PC using a 500gb int. drive, then at least match it with an ext. HD or larger. Typical back-ups can be customize for certain folders or directories or new files as they are created, etc., again read the manual. Since, you're new at this, play with it until you're ready, erase any practice data and proceed for the real back-up.

tada -----Willy Happy

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