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theother1
27-07-2009, 07:13 PM
Hi Guys
I have just bought an enclosure for a 60Gb laptop HD. All assembled and the files deleted. However, the drive is partitioned into 1x NTFS drive and 1 x
Fat32 drive.
How do I remove the partition and what is the best format for storage for back up files, NTFS or Fat32?

Thanks in advance.

wainuitech
27-07-2009, 07:24 PM
What OS do you have the portable drive plugged into - depending on what it is, theres different ways to format it.

Formatting the drive as NTFS is generally OK as long as its not being read from something like Win98.

You can also download Gparted (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/) or partition Logic (http://partitionlogic.org.uk/index.html)and boot from that and delete then format the drive - just make sure you get the correct drive - real bugger if you wipe the wrong one ;)

theother1
27-07-2009, 07:31 PM
Thanks Wainui
O/s on the laptop is Vista home premium.
Cheers

Blam
27-07-2009, 07:39 PM
Thats easy then

Run>diskmgmt.msc

Right Click the partition(s), delete, then make a new one.

Or, delete the fat32 one then extend the other one via right click.

NTFS is a much better file system, offers better security(permissions etc), speed, and compression is quite good.

Blam

theother1
27-07-2009, 08:17 PM
Whoops!!!! Might have made a mistake. Deleted both partitions as they were both Fat32. Is it possible to formatt the drive with to ntfs partitions after what I have done?

pctek
27-07-2009, 08:27 PM
Go into Disk Management, it gives you the option there when you create a partition what size it should be. Delete the existing one, do it again and make 2 - whatever sizes you want.

As for those who say NTFS is better, well that depends.

I hate having my external as NTFS as it gets plugged into other peoples PCs and always ends up with a system restore folder. You try removing it when it's NTFS. Yes you can - eventually, but it's so much nicer to just DELETE, with it in FAT32.

And its a 200GB drive too.

Blam
27-07-2009, 08:48 PM
Whoops!!!! Might have made a mistake. Deleted both partitions as they were both Fat32. Is it possible to formatt the drive with to ntfs partitions after what I have done?

Just right click>new partition

theother1
27-07-2009, 08:59 PM
I am going to post a screen shot here (if I can remember how) and ask you to talk me through what I need to do. Thinking I will just make them both Fat32.

theother1
27-07-2009, 09:06 PM
Seems I can't remember how to post an image.
HELP!!!!

zqwerty
27-07-2009, 09:20 PM
I have just converted my Toshiba laptop to NTFS from FAT32, I used the information on this page to do it, it would help you with your problem as well:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314097/EN-US/

theother1
27-07-2009, 10:39 PM
Done it guys.
Thanks a lot. Amazing what you can do with a little ingnorance and bravado!