Southernboy 13:28 17 Feb 2005

I am awaiting delivery of a new Evesham PC, which will have a hard drive with NTFS.
Much of my backup to be transferred over is on a Maxtor external hard drive which is FAT32. I am told that when the files are transferred to the new PC, XP will automatically convert them to NTFS. Is that correct?

However, when I start to backup the new PC, I will be sending NTFS files to a FAT32 hard drive. Is that a problem?

I know I can reformat the Maxtor to NTFS - it tells me so in the manual - but the reformat will lose previous generations of backup which I wish to keep for the forseeable future.

I never even thought about this, but there must be a solution. Any help will be appreciated.

  ste_bla 13:39 17 Feb 2005

FAT32 > NTFS requires no reformate it can be done on fly but make back ups!

NTFS > FAT32 requires a full format

The drives in your system can be a mixture of NTFS & FAT32, the only problem is if you try to put the NTFS drive into an older pc with older o/s (ME or below)

So you can leave the external disc as it is and will work fine!

PS i have a NTFS Disk with windows, FAT32 External USB & 1 internal ide hdd!

  FelixTCat 14:02 17 Feb 2005

You posted this same issue to a different thread: To 2nd Hard drive or not to 2nd Hard drive

I have answered it there. Double posting is confusing - your problem might be answered on one and everybody trying to help you on the other is wasting their time. Please only post the question to one thread.

  Southernboy 14:31 17 Feb 2005


I felt guilty about hijacking someone else's thread so thought I should have started my own thread.

No intention to confuse.

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