HD from FAT32 to NTFS

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Peter Stedman
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I have added an external usb 500g HD mainly to use to store my backups. I note that Acronis stored my files as 10 individual files and I now know that the archive is being split into several backups because the file system of the destination drive is FAT32 (which doesn’t support files over 4Gb).

Are there any problems or advice I need to reformat the drive to NTFS? Should I shouldn’t I? Advice appreciated please. Pete.

Barry Hunter
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I`m fairly sureb that you can change the file format from FAT32 to NTFS without any problems, but not the reverse!

Maybe someone with more knowledge can confirm.

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fuddam
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he is right. yes indeedy

Peter Stedman
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Thanks for the replies. Just for background knowledge, what are the other advantages, or indeed disadvantages, of going from FAT32 to NTFS. Pete

Alan Roberts
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Advantage is that you get away from the stupid 2GB limit of FAT32, The only disadvantage is that you can't then use the drive on a MAC. Apart from that.....

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Peter Stedman
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Just a follow up. I have done the change over. I get so worried about doing such things that I really don't understand, but no problems at all. Cheers. Pete

Alan Roberts
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You're right to be wary, lots of things can go wrong. But in this instance, all you're doing is changing the way that future writing to the disk will use the sectors, not the reading process. So all your files are unaffected. With luck.

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Z Cheema
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NTFS is also a bit more robust then FAT32, in the way the MBR is kept.

NigelW
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The NTFS (New Technology Filing System) also has the added advantage of being able to assign individual security measures to files/folders. Of course when you format a drive it wipes the thing clean so remember to b\u all the content first.

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Alan Roberts
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That's true whenever you format a drive. But a conversion fro FAT to NTFS is only a change in the way the root info is stored (plus permission then to make files 2TB long instead of 2GB).

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