New HD already FAT 32.

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  1. Sativa.
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    The HD i received today is already FAT32 , is it worth formating it again?

    It also shows up -Capacity 298.09 gb -Used 444.11 mb -Unused 297.65 gb


    Are the drivers on here using the 444.11 mb do i need to save somewhere before FAT32 format? Thanks again guys :)
     


  2. Foxi4

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    What's on the drive? It sounds weird that so much space is used. Format it to FAT32/WBFS/NTFS depending on how you want to use it.
     
  3. Lucif3r

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    Showelware the manufactures put. Recovery apps and junk like that.
    Just reformat the whole drive.
     
  4. DeadlyFoez

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    Thats a little odd that iw was already fat32. It almost seems to me that someone had bought it and returned it.
     
  5. Lucif3r

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    Actually most externals are formatted as FAT32, except the bigger drives (~1.5TB+)
     
  6. Pong20302000

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    i got a little bit of space spare on external drive

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  7. Sativa.
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    Thanks guys
    Thanks mate
     
  8. DeadlyFoez

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    That certainly is not true. I've modded over 100 wii's for friends and setup USB loader for them too and I always had to format the drive as fat32 because it came brand new as NTFS. Maybe certain manufactures put drives out as fat32, but all the WD drives I had were NTFS.
     
  9. Lucif3r

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    Ok WD might be the exception, because Ive never worked with external WDs. But pretty much every other brand comes as FAT32.
     
  10. Sativa.
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    This is external Verbatim 320gb.
     
  11. DeadlyFoez

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    All internal drives I have ever bought were not formatted.

    Either way the OP should check the files on the drive to see if they are from someone else or the manufacture.
     
  12. Coconuts 500

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    Is it an older drive? Because FAT32 is very rarely used in the very latest models of external drives (regardless of manufacturer).
     
  13. DjoeN

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    Somewhere in this potatoland!
    Here most external HDD's are formatted fat32 when you buy it.

    I have around 15 external HDD's from 3.5 to 2.5 (even the 1.5 and 2tb ones i bought) and all where formatted FAT32, most are from different stores and all where brand new.
     
  14. Hielkenator

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    Packard Bell siver also comes preformatted as FAT 32.


     
  15. DeadlyFoez

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    WTF? Packard bell still exists? Jebus christ, that was my first computer. a 486/dx2.

    So yeah, maybe in your country standards are a little different. Here in the US I always gets drives preformatted as NTFS.
     
  16. Hielkenator

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    http://www.packardbell.com/index.html

    LOL

    So NTFS is a standard now? Our standards here are BOTH formats,
    FYI FAT 32 works on ALL OS though. Especially MOBILE devices can benifit from this, moving from OS to other systems/ devices OS..etc
    NTFS volumes are not recognized by Windows 95/98/Me.
    So this would really benifit office apps for company's, Machines, etc.
    And don't give me that crap about "all latest os support NTFS". It's just because Microsoft shoved it through their throaths. ( FAT is also from Mr.gates acctually..)

    BUT I agree that for normal use NTFS is a far better choice than FAT32.
     
  17. DeadlyFoez

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    I don't know any mobile phone that can connect to an external hard drive ;)
    j/k. I know what you mean, I just have to poke a little bit of fun.

    Seriously, I haven't seen anything packard bell branded since 1995. You can't find anything by them at the local best buy stores. I thought they shut down after the lawsuit they had. Maybe they just moved out of the US because of the lawsuit..... and because they were afraid of me. :D
     
  18. Lucif3r

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    My ZTE Blade can with modified firmware and drivers, and I know others can as well.
    My tablet can also connect to my USB drive just fine.

    This is of course under the superior OS Android, and not crappy apple junk :P
     
  19. DeadlyFoez

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    True true. But as if a cell phone would power an external hard drive for more than a minute before the battery completely croaks out. A tablet is a different story.

    Yeah, apple products suck. :D
     
  20. Lucif3r

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    Possibly, I got a special USB cable in which I can plug the charger into as well to provide extra power to the external devices.

    But USB flash drives works fine without the charger and doesnt drain the battery that badly.