External Firewire Drive

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  1. lurcher

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    Just bought a Maxtor 80 gig Firewire for capturing video files for my laptop.
    Just connected the drive and looked in properties and I see the file system is FAT 32 where the file system on the laptops internal drive is NTFS.
    Do I need to do something to the external harddrive to alter the file system ?

    Should they both be NTFS ?

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    Hi Lurcher

    If you want to convert it to NTFS then open up the command prompt and type

    convert c: /fs:ntfs

    Where c: is the drive letter for the firewire device.

    Or go to the Computer Manager (in the Control Panel) , click on Disk Management, right click on the device and then click the Format option,

    As for whether you should convert from FAT32 to NTFS, this depends on what you're going to do with the harddrive. If you are going to plug it into a Windows 98/ME machine then leave it as FAT32. NTFS gives you more security options for the files.

    Basically NTFS is only compatible with Windows NT/2000/XP and 2003 and various flavours of Linux (can read NTFS but writing to can be a bit scary - NTFS's specification is not public).

    Hope that helps and that you're still awake! :)

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  3. lurcher

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    Thanks Moosh I got it . :thumbsup:
     
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    You really should convert the external disk to NTFS as if you don't it will not allow you to capture large files over (i think, its so long since I've used FAT) 4Gb as FAT32 only allows files up to this size. You would therefore have problems if capturing a long piece of footage from the camcorder.

    Mark.
     
  5. lurcher

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    Mark,
    Just done that.
    One other question is re conectivety - Do I connect the DV camcorder direct to firewire on the external drive and other firewire port on the drive to the firewire port on the laptop ?
     
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    If you only have a single firewire port on the laptop then you can daisy chain them as suggested, but in an ideal world you would connect the cam and HDD to different firewire ports. That way both devices can work totally independently of each other.

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