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    External hard drive

    I'm installing a new toshiba 1 TB external hard drive & it is formatted NTSF.I'v all ways heard you must format high capacity drives to fat 32.Which is correct & why

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    You can do it any way you like - The Drives may come FAT32 formatted for use in MAC. All of my external drives including my 2 TB WD backup are NTFS. If you keep em FAT32 you will not be able to use Windows File Recovery on that drive.

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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    My 2 TB WD external HD is NTFS. It's been running for about a year now, with no problem. Except for the first USB 3 card that I had.
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    Windows 8 Pro

    Every single one of my external drives (5 , 1 - 3 TB) are NTFS and I have had zero issues running them for a long time.
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