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February 13, 2010 8:44:36 PM

Hello Sata is the same as NTFS?
I have an external hard drive FAT32 that did not support programs bigger than 4GB, so I an looking at one that can support my program of 103GB, is a SATA external hard drive good for that?

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a b G Storage
February 13, 2010 9:51:41 PM

NO, SATA and NTFS are not the same.

SATA is a hardware specification that details how certain devices (often hard drives and optical drive) connect to the motherboard.

NTFS is a file system used by Microsoft. FAT32 is also a file system. It does have a file size limit, as you have noted.

There is not a SATA external drive that I know of, but some external drives support eSATA - an interface that has the same speed as internals SATA, but can be on an enclosure.
a b G Storage
February 13, 2010 11:10:11 PM

You should just be able to reformat the external drive into NTFS. You don't need to buy a new drive.

Reformatting will wipe the drive though, so make sure it is fully backed up before doing it.