Can I?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Custer, Sep 12, 2002.

  1. Custer

    Custer Guest

    Just wondering, I've got 2 HDs, both NTFS, both 30 giggers. Can I format the second drive as FAT32 (and end up with 1 NTFS as the primary and 1 FAT32 as the second) under XP?
     
  2. 2z

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    yes you can
    start
    run
    diskmgmt.msc
    ;)
     
  3. allan

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    Sure - just remember that the NTFS partition will be able to see and work with everything on the FAT partition, but the FAT partition will not even know the NTFS partition exists. You will not be able to access any files on NTFS from the FAT partition.
     
  4. 2z

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    Allan
    I have my boot drive FAT32 & that can recognize NTFS partitions
    :confused:
     
  5. Custer

    Custer Guest

    Thanks. The reason I wanted to know is because it was my primary drive until it started acting flakey. I replaced it with a new drive and figured I might as well use it till it completely died. Norton DD hangs at 79% when I try to check/repair the drive and I thought I might format as FAT32 and try to repair again and then convert it to NTFS.
     
  6. allan

    allan Guest

    TwoZ - ???
     
  7. 2z

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    XP can read all compatible filing systems
    same goes for the other OS's
    win98x cant read NT4/5 because it wasn't invented @ the time
    I don't normally use NTFS partitions
    but I've done 1 just for you Allan
    :p
    see pic
     
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    XP can read all compatible filing systems
    same goes for the other OS's
    win9x cant read NT4/5 because it wasn't invented @ the time
    I don't normally use NTFS partitions
    but I've done 1 just for you Allan
    :p
    see pic
     
  9. allan

    allan Guest

    Thank you TwoZ - you are, of course, 100% correct. I feel like an idiot! Know why? I also used both FAT & NTFS on my home system for several months until I decided to switch everything over to NTFS and of course I could exchange data among all partitions! No excuse other than sometimes my brain locks up on me. Thanks again for setting me - and Custer - straight.
     
  10. 2z

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    You must be thinking about networks
    where I believe this is the case
    [edit]think its something to do with file permissions or something like that[/edit]
    ;)
     
  11. allan

    allan Guest

    Thanks for the excuse, but nope - not the case:(

    Actually it was because we talk so much about dual booting at the other site that I keep thinking in terms of Win 98 and XP. I'm so used to giving that warning that I guess it just became force of habit. I've always had the problem of mouth engaging before brain. But again, I appreciate your kind attempt to let me off the hook ;)
     
  12. 2z

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    LOL
    Join the Club
    :p
     
  13. Iceman

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    I have the same exact problem, hence I'm on my second marriage.

    :cool: