How Do I Force Xp To Use Fat32 Partitions??

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Black_Pride, Mar 30, 2002.

  1. Black_Pride

    Black_Pride OSNN Addict

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    HOW DO I FORCE XP TO USE FAT32 PARTITIONS IN A CLEAN INSTALL??

    I had a horrific experience today building a new system....but the worst of it was that I couldnt get XP setup to use Fat32....it just wasnt on the installation menu...only the NTFS option was there. It was driving me crazy because I've seen it before!! I then reformatted and installed a FAT32 partition with an old win98 boot disk I had and and the Maxtor installation sotware for my new drive but after it copied all the files, I got some fucked up error about "ARC" and "HAL" something or other.....what the hell is that?? Finally I had to cave in and use NTFS just to get it done. After that, the installation went fine.

    Did I miss something? I have installed XP in like 10 machines and I have never seen this before.

    How can I get XP to use FAT32 everytime I install it on a different system? Maybe I am missing something....

    I am extremeley frustrated and any help will be greatly appreciated!! :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  2. Twink

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    if you format the drive as fat32 before you run xp setup, it will give you the option to "leave the file system alone" I'm not sure if the partitioner built into setup can make fat32 partitions, but I think it can
     
  3. Black_Pride

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    As stated above I tried that and after installing all the files I got some error I had never seen before like ARC and HAL something or other.....is their a limit to the size of HD that FAT 32 will work with in XP? The disk I used was 40 GIG......anyone??
     
  4. Static 99

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  5. Greyhare

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    Was the disk ever formatted NTFS? If it was the only way to get back to FAT32 is to FDISK and delete the partitions, then remake them and format in FAT32.
     
  6. Twink

    Twink Guest

    some disks are just stubborn, sometimes it's easier to put in another machine as a secondary and patition it in windows xp
     
  7. Black_Pride

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    Thanks for the info guys...!
    :D