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    NTFS or FAT

    I am useing a laptop hard drive (brand new) in my mobile PC. I tried installing windows on it and when set up formatted the disk it said that the hard drive couldnt be formatted, and possibly could be bad. A friend suggested that maybe a lap top HD couldnt support NTFS (which is what I was trying to use) and that maybe I should do FAT. What do you guys think??

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    NTFS. More secure. A file using FAT will take up more space than NTFS because of the way it is built.

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    What OS?? XP?

    I cant think of a reason a laptop drive would not support NTFS what is the age of the laptop/drive?
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    Its possible that the HD is bad, Can you detect it correctly in the bios? Did you oriente your cables and converter properly?
    Id check those first.
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    I know the converter is set up correct unless the converter is labled wrong. When the computer boots up it does find the hard drive, so I know its seeing it. the hard drive is brand new (I had to take out out of the factory static wrap)

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    can you format it in fat ??? or not at all??

    if you can format in fat then you can always convert to ntfs
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    Quote Originally Posted by alti
    can you format it in fat ??? or not at all??

    if you can format in fat then you can always convert to ntfs
    I havent tried FAT, but if I can do FAT but not NTFS the HD is still broken and I still dont want to use it.

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    Either the drive is bad or you have it installed incorrectly.

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    Always go with NTFS over FAT16/FAT32. It's a journalling filesystem. Meaning, it's able to better handle improper shutdown/power failure without corrupting the entire allocation table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futuresweets10
    I havent tried FAT, but if I can do FAT but not NTFS the HD is still broken and I still dont want to use it.
    If the HD is broken it will not format at all in Fat or NTFS, FAT and NTFS are just file systems and are tables that reference how data is stored on the disk NTFS is more efficent becuase is stores data in smaller peices so there is less wasted space
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