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Thanks Fred. That was my feeling too. Best to keep what you are familar with. Hoping to do it this evening. Also hoping the "boot repair" app on the disk will negate any boot up problems.
When I was backing up Win 8 I wanted to use a 40GB sata external hdd. There was quite a lot of unwanted data on it so instead of just deleting the data I decided to do a quick format. I formatted to NFTS but afterwards Win 8 did not recognise the drive and therefore could not back up onto it.
Probably stupidly, I formatted again to fat32 but same result. Does this mean that this HDD is now totally useless or is there any way to make it useable again? Thanks It was only a few months old and has had little use.