Converting my external USB FAT external hard drive to NFTS

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by ladymsvee, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. ladymsvee

    ladymsvee Guest

    I just purchased a maxtor usb external hard drive, while the computer has
    recognized it, I cannot format it or convert it.
    When I try to convert it using the command prompt saying it cannot
    determine file system.
    When I try to format it does read it all.
    I am operating windows business vista, as this was purchased from e-bay the
    item was probably run under a earlier version of windows can that be the
    problem?, if so then I need to use the compatiablity wizard to operate it
    under an earlier version but how do I apply the wizard to hardware when I
    thought it can only be used for software?
    It is a FAT system and not a FAT32 system- should I convert to a Fat32
    system first and then NFTS? Or are they the same? I'm going to Maxtor to see
    if their are any solutions there,
    Thanks for the help.
    ladymsvee, Feb 21, 2007
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  2. ladymsvee

    Helping out Guest

    you should have no problem going from fat to NTFS but i have never tried it
    before, but i would not think there should be a proglem. as for the rest read
    my post at the link below for where to go to format and partition things if
    you like. i was able to format my 160gb usb drive using that. just right
    click on the drive and format.
    Helping out, Feb 22, 2007
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  3. ladymsvee

    Helping out Guest

    Helping out, Feb 22, 2007
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