Having problems with my external hd and windows xp fat32 system

By sixpkjoe6 ยท 5 replies
Apr 20, 2006
  1. Hello all,

    I just purchased a seagate 250 gb hd with a usb2.0 HDD enclosure. I formatted it at work under ntfs, but at home appartently the op system was formatted as a fat32 (from what i can tell). any help on how to solve this problemm so i can use this drive at home. I don't know what to do anymore as I am not the most computer savy.
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    if you're running windows 98/me etc.. they wont recognise NTFS filesystem. if you're running windows xp/nt style they should recognise it..
  3. sixpkjoe6

    sixpkjoe6 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It is windows xp that is what i am having a hard time figuring out. it works at work but not my home computer, this is the only difference i can figure out. my computer at home can tell me the size of it but it won't read anything I have saved on it. i cannot figure it out.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Why don`t you just pop in your Windows disk and reformat on your machine.

    It`ll probably work correctly then.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  5. sixpkjoe6

    sixpkjoe6 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well i was hoping not to have to start over on my home computer. i just want this external hard drive to be able to work on both my home computer and work computer. this way i can transfer between the two. i also have heard sometihng about fat32 not being able to read partitions over 32 gb. can i switch my fat32 system at home to ntfs without losing any info?
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes you can. You need to use the convert command. See HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
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