I have bought an external hard drive. WD MY BOOK PRO edition 11. 1TB It is formatted FAT 32. My existing two internal drives are formatted NTFS. Will I be able to back up large NTFS files onto a FAT 32 drive or will this cause a problem. I think that I would prefer to reformat the new drive to NTFS to match the existing. Is there a problem and if NTFS is the modern format why is FAT 32 still used.
I will be as simple as I can, Fat32 of which there are a few versions, can be accessed easier by many recovery software programs, it was the main File Alocation Table system until Windows NT which can only run in and read NTFS, then came Windows XP which can run in and read both. Windows Vista was to come out in a new version of NTFS but microsoft reneged on that as it was not really ready at the time of launching, the NTFS is supposed to save data in smaller blocks than Fat32, but the updated Fat32 Format tools can assign larger drives and now can be set to small blocks depending on size of drive but when you add in the data library which works with NTFS this occupies a huge slice of a hard drive. Ntfs has very few good recovery tools that are within a reasonable cost to the general public, I am not totally convinced NTFS is as good a system as some would like us to believe. Fat32 can now access large hard drives, as can Ntfs, the security of Ntfs has been hacked so many times lately that is now a false promise, some say that Ntfs drives last longer and are less prone to failure but Harddrives have a TTL which is almost a fixed detail and the drive will fail at that time whether Ntfs or whatever is used.
I would like some advise regarding formatting my HP Compaq dx2000 mt i have 2 discs a restore one and operating system one but have not got a clue how to start also the procedure regarding getting my machine to its former glory (yes I'm sorry to admit as one gets older its hard to grasp the basics need help please