Formatting my usb external hard drive


#1

i formatted my passport 500gb using the vista os,but when it came to the new partition i tried for over 7 days to set it to ntfs unsuccessfully ,so i set it to exfat.now its not recognised on xp and then when i downloaded the diagnostic itility and tried to use it to format,it told me i couldnt and that i should check my cable.i downloaded the usb/firewire 32 utility but every time i try to install i’m told that a programme needed to let it run could not be run and so the installation ends(i disabled my antivirus software for this,yet the same response)now i dont have the sync software ,when i downloaded from the wdc site i get a file about 12kb in size.i will really appreciate any help to format the drive properly and be able to download and install the ryt software onto it,thank you in advance.


#2

ExFAT is targeted for UNIX/Linux based OS. It is normal that poor XP will not see it.

Just format it as NTFS with deafults, do not change the allocation size.


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it took about 24 hrs to format to about 3%,when i chose ntfs so i cancelled