Best format for external HD

  m800afc 11:01 03 Dec 2006

I have just arrived home with a new 320Gb external USB drive that I intend to use to backup my computer. It is preformatted to FAT32. Should I leave it as it is, or reformat it to NTFS? I am using Windows XP Pro.

  rawprawn 11:07 03 Dec 2006

In my opinion leave it as it is if it is to be used for backups.

  Probabilitydrive 11:11 03 Dec 2006

I have an external Western Digital "My book" HD, and using it for back-ups. In essence it is up to your use, do you want extra security features of NTFS or is FAT sufficient.

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  Terry Brown 11:22 03 Dec 2006

If you leave as Fat 32, in emergency you should be able to access that CD from a Boot Floppy disk, however on NTFS you will lose that option.

I use a External USB for backup, however I only switch it on when I actually need it, therefore security is not an option for me.

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