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NTFS to exFAT?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Em Xx, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. Em Xx

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 12, 2010

    Posts: 153

    Location: Melton Mowbray

    Hi all,

    I just bought a second-hand 300GB external HDD. It arrived yesterday and I formatted it - after I formatted it, it became unrecognised so I have now re-formatted it to exFAT instead and it seems to have worked :)

    I just wondered if it'll cause me a problem down the line? I am using Windows 10 O/S.

    Thanks,

    Em

    EDIT: Fat32 to exFAT :rolleyes:
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018
  2. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 56,303

    FAT32 has a 4GB file size limitation - you want exFAT or NTFS really.
     
  3. hornetstinger

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 6, 2016

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    NTFS is less lily to suffer from defragmentation better security why wpd you want to use fat32 unless usb stick where decide so want support ext3/4 or ntfs
     
  4. Em Xx

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 12, 2010

    Posts: 153

    Location: Melton Mowbray

    Sorry it was exFAT, I'll edit my OP
     
  5. Em Xx

    Gangster

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    Location: Melton Mowbray

    Sorry I meant exFAT, I have edited my OP. When I first plugged it in, it told me I needed to format it in order to use it and the option came up as NTFS so I formatted it to that but then when I went to use it said it was unrecognised so I did a bit of research and saw a post suggesting I re-format it to exFAT so I did and it worked but now I'm worried something will go wrong. I would format it back to NTFS but tried and my laptop simply won't accept it
     
  6. Rroff

    Man of Honour

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    If you are using it in a USB3 port try a USB2 one if you have or vice versa - some drives don't like certain USB controllers.
     
  7. Em Xx

    Gangster

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    Oooh of course I didn't think of that! I'll try that later, thanks :)
     
  8. Em Xx

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 12, 2010

    Posts: 153

    Location: Melton Mowbray

    I tried the other USB ports and still unable to format it to NTFS - any suggestions? Thanks
     
  9. Em Xx

    Gangster

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    Posts: 153

    Location: Melton Mowbray

  10. AETAaAS

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    You can use a partition manager, Aomei has a free version of Partition Assistant which will do the job.
     
  11. CaptainCrash

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 17, 2008

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    Fire up a command prompt as administrator, then:

    Code:
    diskpart
    
    list disk
    
    select disk x (where 'x' is the number of the USB drive - be VERY careful, diskpart takes no prisoners)
    
    clean
    
    create partition primary
    
    select partition 1
    
    active
    
    format fs=ntfs quick
    
    exit
    

    If this doesn't work, I'd be inclined to suspect a fault with the drive - you could download HDSentinel which works in trial mode for up to 30 days and can usually read the SMART data of most USB drives, and see if it reports anything untoward.