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Posted on 2006-11-17
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I was thinking of purchasing an external hard drive to back up media such as videos and photos.  When looking at a few some comments they refer to changing the format from fat32 to ntfs.  What is the difference? Something I should consider? Which one is best?  Any recommendations?
Probably need about 250GB.

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Hi reotwo1,
If you will be using it only on XP then use NTFS. If it needs to work on older OS or on a Mac then leave it at FAT.

You have simple USB options or NAS options. If you only need access to the files from one computer then a USB drive is fine. If you would like for the info to be on your network then a NAS device might be a better fit. Check out http://www.buffalotech.com/products/storage.php for both. The drive stations are USB and the others are NAS.



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I only need to backup one computer.  Is a firewire connection better than USB?
I have never heard of Buffalo...are they pretty reliable?  How do I know if it is NTFS or not?





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If it is a simple USB or Fire wire drive then you should be able to format it to what ever file system you want.

I would get USB over fire wire if it was me because most every computer has a USB port but only some have a fire wire port.

I like Buffalo for their NAS drives.

Maxtor or western digital drive are both good for just a USB drive

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