Converting WD external from FAT32 to NTFS?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by acr1965, Nov 11, 2009.

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  1. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    I am thinking about converting my Western Digital MyBook from FAT32 to NTFS. A couple questions-

    1. Is there any reason not to do this?
    2. Is everything I need for this included in Windows Vista?
    3. Is there anything I should know besides just the normal "how to" articles on reputable web sites?

    The WD external is mainly used to just backup my Outlook, videos, pictures and documents.

  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia


    I don't know if Vista convert.exe produces 512 byte clusters. Any idea?

    Edit.... If it was my HD, I'd move the data off, delete the partition and create a NTFS partition.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2009
  3. Cloudcroft

    Cloudcroft Registered Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    The Hill Country of Texas
    I recently purchased a Western Digital external drive to replace a Seagate, and use it to image my notebook with IFW/IFD. The first time I created an image with the WD, it took over 3 hours, when it normally took 35 minutes with the Seagate. After reformatting from FAT32 to NTFS, the WD now takes about 35 minutes also. Go to, and search for Knowledge Base Answer ID 207 for good instructions on reformatting your drive in Vista. It only took a few minutes to reformat my 500 GD drive.
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