NTFS & FAT32 compatability on Norton Ghost

  Nicols0n 20:48 02 Mar 2005

I ahve just bought a Western Digital external hard drive for backup via Ghost 9. On examining the external drive, I find it is formatted as FAT32, whilst my computer hard drive is NTFS. I have been able to make a base and several scheduled incremental backups OK, but will there be any problems if & when I have to restore? If so, how do I convert the external drive to NTFS. I am willing to lose all the current backups - but only if necessary.

Can anybody help?

  VoG II 20:49 02 Mar 2005
  speedy12 20:56 02 Mar 2005

im pretty sure u can backup on the fat32 external drive without any problems.

  BRYNIT 21:28 02 Mar 2005

I don't think you will have problems using the drive in fat32 but if you wish to format to NTSF click on my computer, right click on drive, format, and change to NTSF click on start. If you copy everything to your HD first you can then copy it back to the external HD when formated

  mgmcc 22:59 02 Mar 2005

I regularly create Norton Ghost images of my NTFS drives in an external USB2 drive formatted as FAT32. I have also restored drive images which retain their NTFS formatting.

A FAT32 external drive has the advantage that it can also be accessed by a PC running Windows 98/ME should it be necessary. This wouldn't be possible with it formatted as NTFS.

  Nicols0n 12:21 03 Mar 2005

Many thanks everybody - it seems that I do not have a problem, but I will re-format it to NTFS sometime when I have a few hours spare!

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