External HD Question

  Fatbelly 08:51 01 May 2007

Hi, I have just bought a Western Digital My Book External Hard Drive.
It has 320Gb of space.
I am about to install it.
What should I format it to! FAT32 or NTFS ?
What are the benefits and negatives of both?
Many Thanks

  Technotiger 08:59 01 May 2007

Hi, assuming you are using XP - NTFS without a doubt.

  Fatbelly 09:09 01 May 2007

Yes I am using XP.
I have clicked on format and it is offering me NTFS.
Below that are two check boxes one saying 'quick format' and the other 'enable compression'.
Should I check either of these boxes?

  Technotiger 09:25 01 May 2007

Quick format is all that is needed.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:37 01 May 2007

Advantage = a better more efficenet file system. handles large file sizes over 4G
Disadvantage = cannot be read by older windows versions 95 98 or DOS

Fat 32
Advantage = can be read by all op systems
Disadvantage = cannot handle files over 4G, less efficient use of disk space.

  Fatbelly 09:59 01 May 2007

Thanks, as I type my PC is formatting into NTFS.
Thanks for all the help.
Regards Fatbelly

  Technotiger 10:03 01 May 2007

Our pleasure - thanks for the feedback.

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