- Windows OS (Warning: My notes only)
- Win XP - Pro & Home
- Win 2003 Server
- Win 2000 - Pro & Server
- Win ME
- Win 98
- Win 95
- Formatting a Drive
- Launch Disk Management
Option #1: Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management,
Storage, Disk Management
Option #2: Right-click on My Computer, left-click on Manage, and then
left-click on Disk Management.
- Locate the Drive. Note: Blue bar means there is a partition
and black bar means NO partition.
From here you can choose a file system (NTFS, FAT32, etc...) ,
allocation unit size, and volume label.
- How to create a bootable CD-ROM
- Converting a partition from FAT32 to NTFS
- USB Drives
- As of 04/07 all the USB drives I have purchased have come
formated with FAT32 and not NTFS. This means that there is a
4gig max per 1 file. Therefore, you will want to convert your
FAT32 to NTFS.
- WD -
www.westerndigital.com - support.wdc.com - 800-ASK.4WDC
- Convert FAT32 to NFS
- Verify the file system used by using Windows Explorer, right
click on the drive and choose properties. Look for the "File
- Go to a DOS prompt (Start, Run, cmd.exe)
- vol <drive letter>:
(Note: You will need to know the volume label. The example
below has a volume label of "WD PASSPORT")
Volume in drive E is WD PASSPORT
Volume Serial Number is 8DA6-5611
- c:\> convert <drive letter>: /FS:NTFS
(Warning: You can't convert a NTFS back to FAT32 with this
- Facts (Just my NOTES !!! - not the Gospel by any means and
could be wrong.)
- Max Volume - 16TB (Terabytes)
- Max size for 1 file - Not limited by a 4gig max per 1 file
- File Compression - YES
- More stable, reliable, and more security options than FAT32
- Works with Win XP & 2000
- Some OSs will not run with NTFS - (ie: Windows NT, but
also Linux and UNIX)
- Multiple booting partitions - NO
- Max size for 1 file - 4 gig.
- Max partition size for a Drive: 32 Gig.
- File Compression - NO
- Multiple booting partitions - YES
- FAT16 - Max Volume size is 2 Gig. Used for floppy disks.
- FAT - File Allocation Tables
- NTFS - NT File System
- List startup programs
- Start, Run, "msconfig", OK
- Select the "Startup" tab