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Old 12-30-2009, 10:33 AM   #1
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Okay so, I have a 1TB external HDD to which the caddy failed out due to something I did so I'm now using for internal storage.

I'm not sure how or why Samsung decided a FAT32 partition on a 1TB HDD was a good idea, but it's 76% full and I can't back it up anywhere.

I wish to somehow convert the file system on this hard drive from FAT32 to exFAT, or if I really have to, NTFS.

Is there any way of doing this?

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Old 12-30-2009, 11:10 AM   #2
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Use the convert command from a cmd prompt type convert /? for correct syntax ( convert <drive letter>: fs/ntfs ) External drives come formatted FAT32 because it can be used directly by windows, linux and MAC, other file systems are not natively cross platform.

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Old 12-31-2009, 06:34 AM   #3
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Thanks raptor_pa.
My Drive has converted and works perfectly.
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