Windows 10: Formatting Ext Hard Drive for System Image

Discus and support Formatting Ext Hard Drive for System Image in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I'm using Windows 10 version 1909. If I want to make a system image, can I format the external drive using NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT? Do all three formats... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Gregory Douglas, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. Formatting Ext Hard Drive for System Image


    I'm using Windows 10 version 1909. If I want to make a system image, can I format the external drive using NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT? Do all three formats work?

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    Gregory Douglas, Mar 8, 2021
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  2. Mohan B P Win User

    Toshiba Ext Hard Drive

    Hi Tony,

    I realize that you are facing the issue connecting the external hard drive in Windows 10, let me assist you.

    To assist you better, let us know the following details.

    • Which build of Windows 10 is installed in your system?
    • What is the make and model of your system?
    • Do other USB devices are getting connected to the system?

    As an initial step if troubleshooting, I suggest you to try connecting the external hard drive through different USB ports and check if it is getting detected, also try connecting the same external hard drive to a different Windows 10 system.

    Also, connect the external hard drive to the system and check whether the device is shown in Device Manager.

    • Type Device Manager in the Search bar and press
      Enter key.
    • Click on View option and click on Show hidden devices.
    • Check whether the device is shown.

    Hope the information helps. Kindly write back to us with the updated status of the issue for further assistance on Windows. We will be glad to assist you.
     
    Mohan B P, Mar 8, 2021
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  3. Paolo Mag Win User
    Formatting a dual boot system with windows 10 and ubuntu

    Hi,

    In Windows 10, you can easily format a hard drive or a partition by accessing Computer Management. For us to assist you, we suggest that you follow the steps listed below:

    • Press the Start button.
    • Type Computer Management.
    • On the left side, click on Disk Management under Storage.
    • Locate the drive that you want to format.
    • Once located, right-click on the drive and choose Format.

    If the hard drive has not been formatted with the steps that we have provided above, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer of your hard drive. Some hard drive requires a software that you'll need to use just to format it.

    Let us know how it goes and if you need further assistance, feel free to post back.
     
    Paolo Mag, Mar 8, 2021
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  4. Jelo Sen Win User

    Formatting Ext Hard Drive for System Image

    Build 16232 System Image Fails

    System Images are picky, you can only store it on drives formatted with NTFS. How many drives you have? If you have 2 or more, can you make sure that the other hard drives in NTFS format? You need to store your drive’s current files in a safe place. You
    can copy the drive’s files back to your computer, to a flash drive, or burn them to a CD or DVD before formatting the drive by following the steps below:

    • Click the Start menu, and choose Computer.
    • Right-click your drive’s icon and choose Format from the pop-up menu.
    • When the Format window appears, be sure to choose NTFS from the File System menu.
    • Click the Start button.
    • After formatting the drives, try again the System Image process.

    Let us know how it goes.
     
    Jelo Sen, Mar 8, 2021
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