Converting FAT32 to NTFS

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by pratzert, May 20, 2010.

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  1. pratzert

    pratzert Registered Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    I have an external WD "MyBook" 1TB drive that I was moving files to from my internal "C" drive and one of them just would NOT copy. It was a 5.1GB file.

    Someone informed me that it sounded like the External HD was formatted as a FAT or FAT32 disk and therefore could not handle files larger than 4GB.
    Turns out they were correct.

    WHY does WD ship these drives out as FAT32 instead of NTFS ? I assumed everything now-a-days was NTFS.

    In any event, I see there is a way to convert the HD from FAT32 to NTFS without having to reformat it and start over.

    Has any here done this? Any problem ? ANy tips or suggestions prior to my doing this ?

    And I also learned that my SanDisk 16GB Flash Memory Stick is a FAT32 as well.

    I see that the memory stick be "reformatted" to a NTFS too, so I may do it.

    Or... do you think I would be better off actually doing a total reformat instead of a convert ?

    Thanks for the help.
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

    May 24, 2009
    If you can do that total reformat. I think the reason it is fat32 is for compatibility purposes with various devices which can't see/use ntfs
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia
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