NTFS Only????? Help...

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by BetaSpanky, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. BetaSpanky

    BetaSpanky Guest

    Ok, here is the scenario.

    I installed XP Corp on my dad's PC and for some reason, it only gave me the option of formatting in NTFS, no option for FAT32.

    Here is his PC:

    ASUS A7V m/b
    AMD 750
    WD 40 gig ATA100
    ATI Radeon VE

    and maybe a few other non important things.

    Why would it only give me that option?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I have never ran into this problem.

    One more thing. The prior OS was Win98SE.
  2. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

    after 32 gigs u only can format in ntfs

    unless u do the trick winxp tweak
  3. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

    Arizona near the Grand Canyon
    It only gave u that choice because FAT32 as a 32 gigabyte limit for partions and NTFS doesn't have that limition. Also NTFS makes better use of the space on the drive, and is better at handling problems say like u lose power so u didn't get to shutdown ur computer right when the power would come back a u fired up ur computer and its a FAT32 u would have to run scandisk were yf the samething happened with it in NTFS u wuldn't need to have that. Also NTFS doesn't fragment as bad.
  4. use ntfs, learn to like it its so much better
  5. BetaSpanky

    BetaSpanky Guest


    I guess I learned something new. As stupid or simple as the answer is, I have never heard it before.

    Thanks all for your help.

    I know there is no downside to NTFS, I was just curious as to why that was my only option.
  6. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    The FAT32 32Gig Limit is like the Orig FAT 2.1Gig limit.

    Also FAT32 has a max single file size of 4 Gig, NTFS has a Max single file size of 16 Terabytes. I found this out after my Main driver backup was bigger than 4gig.
  7. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    No it's different. FAT32 can be used on partitions up to 2TB. The 32GB limit is only there because Microsoft don't want you to run FAT32 on partitions biggar than 32GB. The original FAT16 could never go beyond 2GB.
  8. Jz1397-5

    Jz1397-5 XP Bad Ass

    Philadelphia PA
    go with ntfs, you will like it in the long run
  9. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    New York City
    Yes, NTFS is the best way to go unless you plan to dual boot with 98/ME (which is completely useless IMO :p )