How to Convert MyBook to NTFS

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The Western Digital MyBook is one of the most popular external hard drives, thanks to its low price and attractive design. Most MyBook models are formatted using the FAT32 file system by default, allowing them to be used on computers that are not Windows-based. On a Windows computer, convert your MyBook to the more reliable NTFS file system by using the Windows Disk Management utility.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7
  • Right click on the "My Computer" icon on the Windows desktop. Click "Manage" to launch the Computer Management utility. Find "Disk Management" on the left side of the window and click it. The center portion of the window will populate with a list of the hard drives installed in or connected to your computer.

  • Locate "MyBook" on the list. On the bottom half of the window, you should see a shaded rectangle representing the MyBook. Inside the rectangle, there will be text showing the capacity of the drive, along with "FAT32."

  • Right click the rectangle for MyBook and click "Delete Volume." You will need to confirm a message explaining that this is a destructive action that cannot be reversed. After the FAT32 partition is deleted, the rectangle will change to "Unallocated Space."

  • Right click the rectangle that is labeled "Unallocated Space." Click New Partition > Next > Primary Partition > Next.

  • Find the number next to "Maximum disk space in megabytes." Enter that same number next to "Partition size in MB." Click "Next." Click "Next" when asked to assign a letter to the drive.

  • Click the radio button next to "Format this partition with the following settings," and choose "NTFS" from the drop-down menu. Click Next > Finish. The conversion to NTFS will be complete. You can begin using your drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • Deleting the partition on your MyBook will also delete all the files stored on it. Do not convert your MyBook to NTFS unless there are no files on it, or all the files are backed up to a different hard drive.

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