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What is the best format to format a hard-drive to [closed]

OK my question is what is the best format for a hard-drive. When I say best a mean: Compatibility with other OS other than windows. Ability for file compression and de-fragmenting. Speed and ...
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1answer
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Can I copy files from NTFS to FAT32, and then open them using a FAT32 OS?

I have a Windows XP operating system disk that is NTFS formatted. The problem is that it is damaged but I can still access some of the files and data, only as a slaved drive. I have a Windows XP ...
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3answers
282 views

Benefits of converting Data partition from NTFS to FAT32

Desktop PC with internal SSD is running Windows XP SP3 and partitioned as below. Over time I've come to learn that NTFS does many more read/write operations than FAT32 thus possibly reducing the ...
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3answers
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USB Drive Format NTFS Vs FAT32?

Please can anyone explain the Pro's and Con's of Formatting your USB drive in NTFS format or FAT32 format and vice versa ? Please highlight any advantages of one format over the other . Keeping in ...
3
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2answers
880 views

How much data storage capacity will be lost converting from FAT32 to NTFS?

I want to convert my 1TB (931GB) and 2TB (1.81TB) external hard drives from FAT32 to NTFS file system to support larger files. I've done some research on how to do it but before I decide if I should ...
5
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1answer
207 views

Create a protected folder on USB Stick

I like to have a protected folder on my USB stick with my name in it, so if someone finds it, they can return it to me. There will be no data inside, it's just a named folder on top of all other data. ...
2
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1answer
393 views

How to resolve daylight saving time discrepancy when copying files from camera to HDD?

When copying files from the SDHC card of the camera to a local HDD for storage, I find that sometimes the modified time of files is a hour different. I believe this is because the SDHC card uses ...
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1answer
86 views

NTFS vs FAT file system on XP or later, any usage stat?

I'm working on a backup application (something like dropbox, only for different market and different purpose), For this, I need to reliably track changes made to file system. Because of the way ...
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2answers
240 views

Can I convert a fat32 disk image to NTFS, and how?

I have just imaged a FAT32 disk drive on a NTFS disk drive. I'm aware I could have imaged on a FAT32 HDD and convert it later, but I figured it out too late and I'm trying to save processing time (I ...
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2answers
245 views

convert FAT and NTFS without data loss

Which one of these filesystem format conversions will keep the data on disk, and which will require backup, reformat, and restore? FAT32 to NTFS FAT32 to FAT16 NTFS to FAT32 NTFS to FAT16 Note: I ...
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Windows 8: Cannot access external drives. “Location is not available” “Access is Denied”

Background Information Our office is running a pilot of Windows 8 on a 100 machines. As I've been using Windows 8 at home since the Consumer Preview, I put my name into the pilot. My laptop was due ...
3
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1answer
679 views

UEFI bootloader

Issue is that EFI systems only allow you to boot using FAT32. I have to deploy multiple images of Windows 8. My WIM image is larger than 4GB and unable to transfer to a FAT32 partition. I've been ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Linux - Convert FAT32 to NTFS without loss data

I have an external USB hard disk (300GB) in FAT32. The question is how can I convert the type FAT32 to NTFS without loss my data. I have 250 GB of data stored in my disk. I was trying to do that in ...
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1answer
373 views

CMD Using DIR to order directories by name

I'm using the following command to list files including those in sub-directories ordered by name. dir /b/s/on The files are correctly ordered within their given directories but the directories are ...
2
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1answer
468 views

How Much Space Do Empty Files Consume?

Windows reports both, empty files and folders, as taking up 0 bytes. Surely it takes something to store the file name, attributes, date [created/modified/accessed] etc. How is this weighted?
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1answer
188 views

Merging HFS and FAT32 leaving Boot Camp NTFS intact

I have three partitions -- one for Lion, one NTFS that boots Windows XP, and a third one that is FAT32, originally intended to be partition that can share data between OS X and Windows (this is the ...
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2answers
176 views

Drive system file size

When i made a new drive it take some space for system file FAT32 take the less space, then NTFS, then ext4 my question how to know the space will be taken for the system before make the drive, if the ...
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0answers
2k views

How to format External Western Digital hard disk when all NTFS boot sectors cannot be written to

I want to format my external hard drive which is a Western Digital 500GB, through cmd dos command. But it fails because all NTFS boot sectors are not writable. Here are the commands I gave and what I ...
2
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6answers
3k views

1TB NTFS to FAT32 Drive too big?

I have just tried to change the format a 1tb NTFS drive to fat32 and I'm getting a message that the drive's too big. Can anyone help?
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4answers
2k views

Can I store a Windows NTFS system image to a non-NTFS drive?

My external drive is FAT32 formatted so I can access its files from any operating system. Windows 7's built-in system image feature doesn't allow backing up to this drive. Are there programs that can ...
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2answers
245 views

Converting FAT32 to NTFS

I am using Windows 7 and my hard drive has four partitions. One of the partition, F, contains all my source code of projects. Over time, this partition has become fragmented and slow. This partition ...
2
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4answers
5k views

Copy files from FAT32 to NTFS, preserving date

I have a FAT32 flash drive full of old archived emails, and their creation/modification date is important because it represents when the email was received. I'm trying to copy these over to another ...
1
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1answer
991 views

WinXP: Is NTFS appropriate for SSDs?

I've just bought an SSD (SLC 32GB PATA) for my old laptop and now I have to decide which file system to use for each partition. I'm goint to need two partitions: one for the OS installation and the ...
2
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4answers
5k views

Converting an External Hard drive to NTFS

I am trying to convert my external hard drive from fat32 to ntfs. If possible, I want to avoid losing the data or having transfer it off and back on and formatting ( I have about 400gb of data). I am ...
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1answer
175 views

Which file date for which purpose

In windows a file contains of many dates (timestamps). In explorer I can select at least 10 Columns containg dates. Is there an explanation of the different date columns, when and how they will be ...
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0answers
714 views

Convert external USB to FAT32 to NTFS, error 490@01010004

I'm trying to run: convert I: /fs:NTFS /X on my portable USB hard disk (500GB Freecom XXS), which is currently FAT32 (to enable support for files larger than 4GB, mainly) but it keeps erroring out ...
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2answers
383 views

Fat32 incorrectly converted to NTFS

I had a FAT32 partition, and I run the following command: C:\USERS\USER1\CONVERT D: /FS: NTFS Not run this command, but asked me to reset my computer. I reset my computer. CHKDSK first startup, ...
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3answers
1k views

Aligning NTFS to 4kB boundaries

I have an old laptop and I need to convert FAT32 partition to NTFS format. I've read two articles about formatting to NTFS and then about aligning partitions to 4kB boundaries (see links below). My ...
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2answers
423 views

How to recover data from re-partitioned hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best undelete tool for NTFS/FAT? I have an external HDD that has been mistakenly re-partitioned and some data written on it. Previous Partitions were: 480GB NTFS + 20GB ...
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1answer
292 views

Will I suffer any major drawback(s) if I have the drive formatted as FAT-32

Is there any disadvantage(s) of using a 500GB external hard drive formatted as FAT-32 or is it simply a choice? I am asking this because I am an owner of a PS3 and it only recognizes FAT-32 formatted ...
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4answers
621 views

If I don't have an external storage device, can I still install Mac Snow Leopard from an ISO image?

The only external device I have to transfer my ISO image to from my MAC's hard drive is an empty NTFS-formatted external drive (which, I just realized, I could potentially format to FAT32). But is ...
0
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5answers
809 views

How do I convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 safely?

I am using Windows XP now. Is there any way to convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 safely? A simple solution that doesn't involve backing everything up would be better.
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2answers
2k views

Convert FAT32 to NTFS, risk/time?

After a quick search I found that through a command prompt I can convert a drive from FAT32 to NTFS without losing data(see here). What I want to ask here is, how safe is this method on a 1.5 TB drive ...
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4answers
4k views

How to convert NTFS to FAT32 in windows XP?

Currently all my 4 partitions are NTFS, how to convert one of them to FAT32 ?
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7answers
3k views

Format an external hard disk to FAT32, only option showing is NTFS

I am trying to format an external hard disk to FAT32 (I need it to work with some hardware that expects it to be in FAT32). When I am trying to format it via Windows the only option get is to format ...
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2answers
21k views

Max files per directory on NTFS vol vs FAT32

What's the max number of files that can be present in a directory on a NTFS volume? Same question for a directory for FAT32 volume?
2
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3answers
4k views

Will using FAT32 provide better pagefile performance than NTFS?

Is FAT32 faster than NTFS regarding pagefile performance? In http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938440.aspx, it says that FAT32 is faster when using smaller volumes. It is assumed that ...
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4answers
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Convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data

I understand that you can convert a FAT32 drive to NTFS without formatting or backing up the data and later restoring - is the same thing possible in the other direction? I want to convert my NTFS ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Into which file system should I format my flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-platform filesystem I want to reformat a my 2 Gb flash drive for cross-platform compatibility, but I don't know the difference between all the file systems. I know ...
3
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3answers
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“Windows was unable to complete the format” - Can't format flashdrive!

I have a 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive that I had ruined a while back trying to make it bootable. Anyway now when I click on it I get a message that it needs to be reformatted to be used. So when ...
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1answer
309 views

Are flash drives and hard drives thought of as “an ocean of bytes”?

Why can a USB Flash drive be formatted as NTFS or FAT32? Is the USB Flash Drive and Hard Drive just to be thought of as "an ocean of bytes"? I get very used to hearing formatting a hard drive as ...
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3answers
761 views

Which file system to choose from when formatting 1.5TB hard drive (hdd)

I plan to buy a 1.5TB hard drive soon. I would like to know which file system to choose from when I'm gonna format it. With FAT32, there is a limitation concerning the maximum file size (4GB) that ...
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2answers
1k views

How to easily convert fat32 local disk to ntfs?

How to easily convert fat32 local disk to ntfs? Can I do it without formatting the local disk?
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4answers
4k views

How to change file creation time in the different file systems

Is there a tool that would allow me to change the file creation time and file modified time on a list of files? Must be able to work in the NTFS and FAT32 file systems.
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3answers
178 views

On Windows, what could be creating these strangely named, locked versions of .doc files?

I have a user who has .doc files called Foo.doc and Bar.doc. Later they find files named ~$01-1-Foo.doc and ~$05-1-Bar.doc in the same directory. The new files are locked and disrupting the operation ...
2
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2answers
435 views

What file system can be read/written by Vista and Mac OS X 10.5?

FAT32 was what I suggested, however that has a volume limit of 2TB, which we are quicky approaching. Is there any alternative that is reliable, with a minimum of modifications to either OS?
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4answers
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Create a shared FAT32 partition on Boot Camp MacBook

I have a MacBook set up with Boot Camp, and the XP partition is NTFS. The split is 50-50 and there is no unallocated space on the hard drive. I want to create a shared 50GB FAT32 partition for my ...
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2answers
4k views

Converting FAT32 to NTFS without formatting (server 2008)

I have a FAT32 partition in windows server 2008 machine. How can I convert the partition to NTFS without formatting? My intention is to resize the partition and add some more space to my primary ...
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6answers
1k views

Using Windows XP Professional SP3, how do I reformat an external hard drive as FAT32?

I'll soon be getting a new laptop with Windows Vista or Windows 7 and turning my current laptop into a Linux box. Since FAT32 works out of the box on both Windows and Linux machines and I've had some ...
5
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4answers
5k views

What filesystem to have on my USB-harddrive; FAT32 or NTFS?

This is a spin-off from another question I have regarding backup. I'm encountering trouble copying large files (above 4GB) to my USB HDD (same in english). I believe that this is a limitation with the ...