Formatting a 1TB external HDD

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Found 19th Mar 2010
I recently bought a 1TB external HDD, without even giving thought about the format of the filing system it would be using. Turns out it's NTFS, and for the proprietary means of usage I had originally intended for it, i'll need it in FAT32.

Given the size of the HDD (I appreciate the reasons why it will be in NTFS, given the size of HDD versus the inefficiency and formatting-size limitation of FAT32, but..), is it possible to re-format it from one to other? If so, could anybody suggest the best means of achieving this, please?

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right click my computer, manage, disk management. click on the TB drive, right click, format, fat32, click quick format, go

Use ]this tool from HP.

Babbabooey;8147132

Use ]this tool from HP.



+1:thumbsup:

I'm guessing you know the limitations of Fat32 right?

Regardless of however the drive is formatted, I always do a full format which identifies Bad sectors (if any)

Original Poster

Cheers for all the suggestions; will have a crack at it over the weekend, and see how it goes.

5nowman;8147152

I'm guessing you know the limitations of Fat32 right?



I'm aware of the 4GB individual file size limit, the potential for nightmare disk fragmentation, and the fact that FAT32 will hamper efficiency in reading/writing to/from the HDD compared to NTFS - anything else to be aware of?

Bass_Monkey;8148854

Cheers for all the suggestions; will have a crack at it over the weekend, … Cheers for all the suggestions; will have a crack at it over the weekend, and see how it goes.I'm aware of the 4GB individual file size limit, the potential for nightmare disk fragmentation, and the fact that FAT32 will hamper efficiency in reading/writing to/from the HDD compared to NTFS - anything else to be aware of?



Fragmentation has never been an issue for me, if so just defrag it every month as you should do with ever drive you have.

Bass_Monkey;8148854

Cheers for all the suggestions; will have a crack at it over the weekend, … Cheers for all the suggestions; will have a crack at it over the weekend, and see how it goes.I'm aware of the 4GB individual file size limit, the potential for nightmare disk fragmentation, and the fact that FAT32 will hamper efficiency in reading/writing to/from the HDD compared to NTFS - anything else to be aware of?



lol it will be much faster!

Original Poster

Using any of the particular methods above, will it be possible to format just a portion of the HDD (presumably achievable through partitioning?), say 400-500GB, into FAT32 and leave the rest as NTFS?

If so, which method suggested would be best to use for this?
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