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WHAT IS BEST FOR ME ,, NTFS OR FAT-32 ??

    Question

  • Hello ;

     

    I just bought a NEW  2  TB   External Hard Drive  and it is formatted with   FAT-32 .

     

    My OS  is Win 7  Home Premium on one laptop  and  Win 7 Pro  on another laptop pc .

     

    Should  i keep  the  FAT-32  or  change it to  NTFS    on my NEW  2 TB  External  Hard Drive ???????

     

    Also  I  have one  Laptop  with   Win 7  Home Premium  and it will NOT  boot completely  into  Windows .

    When i  tap  F2  and i look at any and all info  i did see a  a note saying  system  FROZEN .

    Does anyone know how to  UN-FREEZE  a  laptop  Hard Drive  ??

    It is a  250gb  Toshiba  Hard Drive .

     

    I really  HATE  to discard this Drive and replace it with a NEW one  especially  with ONE YEAR  of  Emails , Photos , Music and lots of Private Info on this Drive .

    But  IF I can NOT  save this drive then is there any Way that I can  access all of my files so I can COPY them to my NEW  External Hard Drive ???

     

    I feel like Crying and I am MAD as Hell  because  I always try my Best  to use my PC responsibily  with good Anti Virus software and AntiSpam ware ,, Etc. Etc.

    I also need to find out what is the easiest and BEST  software to use to Automatically  Backup ALL of my files every day just in case something like this happens again .

     

    PS;  I also placed  a  Win 7 Install DVD  in the  CD/DVD  player that is in my Laptop but it will NOT  re-install  on to my laptop .

    It says it is installing but it just sits there with a tiny circle turning around and around  for over 4 hours  and it NEVER did anything .  DAM !!


    Old guy new to XP PRO
    Wednesday, August 03, 2011 3:28 AM

Answers

  • It may be formatted in FAT-32 for compatibility with multiple operating system OS X and Windows and Linux. Do you need that?

    It could also be in FAT-32 because of the interface that the enclosure uses.  Check the device documentation?

    For two Windows 7 systems, NTFS is recommended, as Mr. X replied. 

    Take the laptop to a recommended technician locally for a diagnosis. The more that you mess with it the greater the chance of losing the data. You may have already created a mess.

    Windows 7 backup utility works fine for most users. A Complete PC backup monthly and weekly data backups should suffice. Than you can recover from most catastrophies and only lose minimal amounts of data. You need to decide upon how often you run backup to protect the newest data.

    Wednesday, August 03, 2011 12:53 PM

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  • Hello,

    I recommend using NTFS.

    More here about its advantages and more information here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc976817.aspx

     


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    Wednesday, August 03, 2011 7:28 AM
  • It may be formatted in FAT-32 for compatibility with multiple operating system OS X and Windows and Linux. Do you need that?

    It could also be in FAT-32 because of the interface that the enclosure uses.  Check the device documentation?

    For two Windows 7 systems, NTFS is recommended, as Mr. X replied. 

    Take the laptop to a recommended technician locally for a diagnosis. The more that you mess with it the greater the chance of losing the data. You may have already created a mess.

    Windows 7 backup utility works fine for most users. A Complete PC backup monthly and weekly data backups should suffice. Than you can recover from most catastrophies and only lose minimal amounts of data. You need to decide upon how often you run backup to protect the newest data.

    Wednesday, August 03, 2011 12:53 PM