external hard drive

  Cockney Rebel 14:27 17 Dec 2006

Hi everyone.
Have just purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive.In the instruction manual that comes with the drive it says the drive is pre formatted to fat32 to ensure compatibility with all windows operating systems.I,m currently running xp pro with the drive formatted to NTFS.Will it be necessary to format the external drive to ntfs or can it be left as it is?Thaks in advance.

  anskyber 14:47 17 Dec 2006

It can be left but there are advantages in converting to NTFS, I did.

  anskyber 14:47 17 Dec 2006
  anskyber 14:53 17 Dec 2006

I found this method the most straightforward. Make sure you do the new drive not your C drive!
click here

  Cockney Rebel 15:35 17 Dec 2006

Thanks for your replies anskyber.The last one should prove very useful.The instructions in the manual are a bit basic.Will go ahead and reformat the new drive to ntfs and then post as to how Iget on.Thanks again

  Cockney Rebel 06:46 18 Dec 2006

Went ahead last night and re-formatted the drive as per the instructions.Went very smoothly and quick.Did exactly what it said on the tin.Thanks for your help anskyber.

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