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  • Question

  • Can't use FAT 32 extrenal hard drive for back up, only NTFS fromated drives. Why??

     

    Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:21 PM

Answers

  • NTFS offers more security, so centralized backup needs NTFS file system. It converts the FAT32 to NTFS after the configuration. In case of non centralized backup, it warns the user but allows the backup.

     

    Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:44 PM

All replies

  • I'm not sure if you can or cannot. What happens when you try? Do you get an error message and if so what is it. Is there a particular reason you would format a drive in FAT32?

     

    Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:45 PM
    Moderator
  • NTFS offers more security, so centralized backup needs NTFS file system. It converts the FAT32 to NTFS after the configuration. In case of non centralized backup, it warns the user but allows the backup.

     

    Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:44 PM
  • Are you saying if we want to use centralized backup in OneCare all users will have to throw away their Fat drive cases and buy new ones?  I have a case that can only be Fat  ( "Powerup Sharing Drive" and it says it only supports Fat. It has a 250g drive and now I have to throw it away to use OneCare Circle with centralized backup? 

    As far as security I use it on a firewalled private network . I am sure there are thousands of MS customers with a similar setup that will not be happy with this selling poit of OneCare total support.

     

    Friday, August 31, 2007 12:58 AM
  • I have not heard of a drive that cannot be formatted to NTFS, but I believe you if that is the case with your drive. You should still be able to use that drive as a local backup for OneCare for one computer and Share it to use with another computer, backing up to a Network Share.

    -steve

     

     

    Friday, August 31, 2007 1:40 AM
    Moderator
  • Sorry for the confusion. You can still use it for centralized backup by creating a network share in that drive.

     

    Tuesday, September 4, 2007 7:42 AM