I've awaiting delivery of my first ever external hard drive (the 1tb Toshiba one!) and I'm looking to do several things once I get it. Also I've got a few questions as I'm really paranoid about it breaking down on me!
1) I've been told to format the drive into NTFS as it is the best? It means I can store single files over 4gigs? I may have use for this so why not. Are there any advantages or disavantages to this format option?
My laptop's hard drives is Fat32, will it matter when I plug the external one with NTFS format? Will file transfer etc be affected?
2) I want to partition the drive into several drives as it would probably be easier to organise files etc. http://download.cnet.com/1770-20_4-0.html?query=Partition&searchtype=downloads&sort=edRating4%20asc&rpp=10&filter=licenseName=Free|platform=Windows&filterName=licenseName=Free|platform=Windows&tag=ltcol
which of these free software would be easiest to use for a complete novice like me?! I just want to separate the 1tb into, say, 5 drives. Nothing else..
3) Is there any software where I can password encypt files? E.g put 5 files into a folder and for you to open that folder, you have to type in a password. It's for work purposes but it doesn't have to be complicated, a very simple password would be enough.
4) How do you guys use your external hard drives? I.e Do you turn it on and keep it on for the duration of how long you keep your computer on etc? Then then turn it off? Are there issues of keeping turning on and off hard drives? Like keeping a laptop battery even with the mains plugged in (limits the amount of charges/usages etc)?
Sorry if the questions sound silly, I'm just a complete noob with these things!
Thank you for any help, I would really appreciate it guys.