Operating system Windows How to format a backup drive with NTFS or convert a backup drive to NTFS?
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How to format a backup drive with NTFS

Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.

To format the drive with NTFS

1.

Log on to your computer as an administrator.

2.

Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

Start menu with My Computer selected and then Manage selected on My Computer shortcut menu

3.

Under Storage, click Disk Management.

Computer Management window with Disk Management selected

4.

If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

Welcome to the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page with Next selected

5.

On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.

Select Disks to Initialize page with Next selected

6.

On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

Select Disks to Convert page with Next selected

7.

On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page with Finish selected

8.

Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.

Computer Management window with Format selected on an external drive’s shortcut menu

9.

In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

Format dialog box with drive name entered and OK selected

10.

Click OK again.

Format warning message with OK selected

Windows XP formats your external hard drive. Within a few minutes, your drive will be ready for you to use.

How to convert a backup drive to NTFS

If you have already copied files to your external hard drive, and you don't want to delete them, you can convert your hard drive to NTFS.

To convert an external drive to NTFS

1.

Log on to your computer as an administrator.

2.

Click Start, right-click My Computer.

Start menu with My Computer selected

3.

In the My Computer window, make a note of the drive letter and label assigned to your external drive. Usually, the drive letter will be E or F. The drive letter will not be C (that's the hard drive inside your computer). The label is the word between the drive picture and the drive letter. Some drives may not have a label.

My Computer window with drive label and drive letter highlighted

4.

Click Start, click Run, and then type convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

For example, if your external drive is drive E, you would type convert E: /fs:ntfs

Then, click OK.

Run dialog box with convert command line entered and OK selected

5.

A command window appears. Type the label for your external drive, and then press ENTER. If your drive does not have a label, just press ENTER.

Convert.exe command window

6.

If a message warns you that the volume is in use by another process, close any other open windows. Then, press Y and then ENTER.

Convert.exe command window with warning message and Y entered in command line

Windows XP converts your external drive to NTFS. When the conversion is done, the window automatically closes. Your drive is ready for your backups.


Operating system - Windows