HELP!!! w/ conversion from FAT32 -> NFTS on external hard drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm trying to configure my back up plan on an external hard drive for the first time & received a message that One Care prefers my files to be formatted in NFTS instead of FAT32 & shows me the command to perform the action without losing any data. When I enter the command I am prompted with
    The type of file system is FAT32
    Enter the current volume label for drive E

    What does that mean, how do I fix it & will i realisticly be able to keep my all my data??
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 2:21 PM


  • You do not need to convert your drive to NTFS from FAT32 for OneCare backup from a single PC to an external drive.

    However, if you wish to do that, per the advice of OneCare, the more detailed instructions are here:


    What the process is asking for is the confirmation of the name of the current disk volume you are converting.

    In theory, converting the external drive will not harm the data, but if there is critical data on that drive that you do not want to lose, copy it to another location before running the convert command.



    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 3:17 PM