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can a drive with fat.32 access a drive with ntfs?


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zobius

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hi hope you can help me with a problem a buddy bought a new drive(80gig) to hook up externally (via usb) wants to format it ntfs hes running xp home with fat32 and asked me how he should format it i told him to wait if i remember fat32 cant access at drive with ntsf am i right or is there a way to do this?
thank you in advance for you imput
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Doesn't matter. Recommend to format it NTFS, Windows will be able to read it.
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It will not be able to write to NTFS though.
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ok so mabye he should convert the fat 32 to ntfs? he should be able to do this w/o formating i believe
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If he is going to be using the external drive with OSes only using NTFS, format the drive as NTFS and convert his XP drive to NTFS.
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ok thank you for your advice it been very helpful
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