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QUESTIONS re. hard drive formatting and USB2.0 vs. Firewire.

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March 21, 2006 5:29:03 PM

Plan to install a seagate 200mg internal hard drive in a 3.5 inch aluminum external enclosure. Will be using it as a secondary[backup] external drive.

two questions;
1. when i assign the file format, i have a choice of Fat 32 or NTFS What is the difference and which should i use?

2. My enclosure has both USB 2.0 and firewire ports. My computer also has both. Which should i use, and why?

My computer is an AMD Sempron 3200+ 1.8 GHz processor running windows XP SP2

thanks for your info.

burt
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March 21, 2006 10:16:53 PM

1. NTFS this way you can assign permissions on the external drive. If you are going to be carrying it around alot to different computers with different user logins then make sure everyone has access to the NTFS permissions. Or you can jsut use FAT32 and not worry about it at all.

2. You can use USB 2.0 or Firewire, both work just the same. Your USB2.0 is a little bit faster if you need to know. Plus if you ever want to boot from the external HD you must use USB, unless you can boot from a Firewire device on your Mobo.

FYI, I hope you mean your external HD is 200G and not 200mg.
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