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Can you format a device withought deleting the essential files.

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May 4, 2013 8:13:08 PM

I have a 1 TB seagate external hard drive. I want to format it from NTFS to Fat32. There is a partition on my hard drive that includes all of the essential programs to make the hard drive run. How can I format it withought having these files deleted?
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 8:24:02 PM

What do you mean there is a partition to make the hard drive run? If Windows is on that partition then you can format the other partition.

But that depends on where windows that you are using is installed.

And as tigerg said. Why would you want FAT32. First of all you would not be able to store any single file above 4GB as FAT32 can not index a file that large.
May 4, 2013 9:36:44 PM

I want to use it on my Xbox so it has to be fat32
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a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 9:38:13 PM

Jack1799 said:
I want to use it on my Xbox so it has to be fat32


AH! OK well then delete the partitions and format the whole drive to FAT32. You do not need any info on it.
May 4, 2013 9:45:44 PM

Like others have pointed there is no point going for FAT32 over NTFS.
Even if it's for compatibility issues, there is no real advantage in formatting a 1TB drive to FAT32 since you cannot store files larger than 4 GB.
Instead try exfat-it supports file size greater than 4+GB. But then again it is somewhat newer so you may run into compatibility issues-but it is also more portable than NTFS
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 9:47:34 PM

_kaos_ said:
Like others have pointed there is no point going for FAT32 over NTFS.
Even if it's for compatibility issues, there is no real advantage in formatting a 1TB drive to FAT32 since you cannot store files larger than 4 GB.
Instead try exfat-it supports file size greater than 4+GB. But then again it is somewhat newer so you may run into compatibility issues-but it is also more portable than NTFS


You missed the Xbox comment?
May 4, 2013 10:08:51 PM

Also what I mean by partition (I'm not sure if I'm even using the right word) is when you buy a hard drive like a 1 terabyte hard drive but only 900 gb of it is usable. It's that 100-50 gb of software that I don't want deleted.
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 10:13:37 PM

Jack1799 said:
Also what I mean by partition (I'm not sure if I'm even using the right word) is when you buy a hard drive like a 1 terabyte hard drive but only 900 gb of it is usable. It's that 100-50 gb of software that I don't want deleted.


Oh! No there is nothing there. That missing data is kept aside for caching and/or the index. You can format the drive without worrying, really...
May 4, 2013 10:15:51 PM

Novuake said:
_kaos_ said:
Like others have pointed there is no point going for FAT32 over NTFS.
Even if it's for compatibility issues, there is no real advantage in formatting a 1TB drive to FAT32 since you cannot store files larger than 4 GB.
Instead try exfat-it supports file size greater than 4+GB. But then again it is somewhat newer so you may run into compatibility issues-but it is also more portable than NTFS

You missed the Xbox comment?

Sure did! Had the page open in background and didn't refresh! :) 
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 10:20:45 PM

_kaos_ said:
Novuake said:
_kaos_ said:
Like others have pointed there is no point going for FAT32 over NTFS.
Even if it's for compatibility issues, there is no real advantage in formatting a 1TB drive to FAT32 since you cannot store files larger than 4 GB.
Instead try exfat-it supports file size greater than 4+GB. But then again it is somewhat newer so you may run into compatibility issues-but it is also more portable than NTFS

You missed the Xbox comment?

Sure did! Had the page open in background and didn't refresh! :) 


LOL it happens.
May 4, 2013 10:28:24 PM

Novuake said:
Jack1799 said:
Also what I mean by partition (I'm not sure if I'm even using the right word) is when you buy a hard drive like a 1 terabyte hard drive but only 900 gb of it is usable. It's that 100-50 gb of software that I don't want deleted.


Oh! No there is nothing there. That missing data is kept aside for caching and/or the index. You can format the drive without worrying, really...


Ok! Thank you! I had myself all worried for nothing I guess.
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 10:29:20 PM

Jack1799 said:
Novuake said:
Jack1799 said:
Also what I mean by partition (I'm not sure if I'm even using the right word) is when you buy a hard drive like a 1 terabyte hard drive but only 900 gb of it is usable. It's that 100-50 gb of software that I don't want deleted.


Oh! No there is nothing there. That missing data is kept aside for caching and/or the index. You can format the drive without worrying, really...


Ok! Thank you! I had myself all worried for nothing I guess.


All good. If you don't know you don't know. :D 
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