HiI am getting a freecom external hdd. i have read that you should re format from fat32 to ntfs.A friend at work said i should do it by going to command prompt and typing "convert f/: ntfs" assuming f is the letter assigned to the new drive. i have noticed if i right click on a drive in my computer the option to format is there.Shich of the 2 options do you think i should use and why? which would be quicker or is there no difference?many thanksJohn
Format if drive is empty.Convert if you already have data on the drive.
is it easier to do when empty or does it not make much difference? would a need to put anything in the box that says volume label?
Volume laabel is whatever you want to call the drive.Formatting and converting are two different things.Formatting will delete any and all data on the drive, Converting will keep the data.
so as there will be nothing on the drive when i get it, i could format stright away.is the volume label where it gets its drive letter from or is it like a file name e.g. i could call it freecom and it would still be assigned its own drive letter automatically?
i could call it freecom and it would still be assigned its own drive letter automatically?YES always plug into same USB port and it should keep same drive letter.so as there will be nothing on the drive when i get it, i could format straight away.Yes
one lats thing before i let you get on, to format a 500gb ext hdd am i looking at minutes hours or days to format?
if you tick the box for quick format, it should take seconds. If you leave the box un-ticked it could take hours.
what is the advantage of doing a long format. e.g. not ticking the quick format box?
All you do with a long format is to scan the drive for errors and bad sectors. click hereif the drive is new then a quick one is fine. if you suspect some damage to the drive then do the long normal format.
Excellent, thanks for your help.
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