06-03-2011 05:41 PM
My Seagate external drive is working perfectly when plugged into a computer. However when plugged into my Teac digital video recorder I get the message, :"File system cannot be identified. Format device to FAT32". My Seagate is currently format to NTFS, and has a Seagate folder on it which presumably I would lose if I reformated the drive to FAT32. Is it safe to do this? Will the external drive still operate with my computer when I copy files to it. Flash drives I have all formatted in FAT32 work well in my computer and in my video recorder. Will the same be true for my Seagare external drive if reformat to FAT32?
Thanks for any help/advice.
06-06-2011 09:31 AM
It looks like you need to create two different partitions.
The FAT32 one will be accessible on the Teac machine. Each partition will be usable and accessible when the drive is connected to your computer, and you can transfer stuff back and forth between the two partitions.
The only thing to remember is that FAT32 partitions cannot handle any one file that is larger than 4 GB.
So here is the procedure, with the drive connected to your computer.
1) Backup anything that is on the external drive to another storage media.
(By the way, I recommend that you keep a 2nd copy of your data at all times. If you remove the files from your PC's C: drive, and you have only the copy that is on the external drive, you do not have a backup. You have one copy of your data. Put your data on another storage media, a 2nd storage media. Online storage, another external hard drive, another internal hard drive, tape, whatever. If the external hard drive fails, you'd have to use data recovery services, which are almost always very expensive. So always keep a backup.)
2) Use DiscWizard to create a FAT32 partition, whatever size you want it to be.
3) Then you can use DiscWizard to create an NTFS partition using the rest of the capacity.
06-06-2011 07:01 PM
Thanks AlanM. But since I can only have files of <4Gb in a Fat32 partition, it would seem that the reformating will not achieve what I want to do anyway. This begs the question of course as to why TEAC want to use FAT32 on external storage devices when they know people will want to record large files - such as movies. Perhaps this is one way to protect from the wholesale downloading of movies? But none of this is your problem, and I thank you for your advice. I guess I was just worried that if I reformated my Seagate in Fat32 it would be no longer recognised by my computers.