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Thread: FAT32 or NTSF?

  1. #11
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    Feb 2008


    MS Virtual PC is free and may help you get off to a quick start too.

    Both programs emulate a PC with its own HD, Memory, etc. You lose some performance vs. runninging a native o/s but you don't have to setup any dual boots, etc.

    Virualization allows you to run a separate computer off your desktop. You allocate Hard Disk space & memory and it operates within those confines.

    It's pretty powerful stuff and you shouldn't have any problems with Win 98 as it requires much less resources than XP (in fact, you may have to limit the size of your virtual HD if using FAT filesystem, and your memory - not sure what 98's memory limit is).
    Last edited by Lerxt; 04-25-2008 at 05:49 PM.

  2. #12
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    Jun 2007
    Winchester, England


    I think that 98 cannot support more than 1GB of memory, but I'm not 100% on that. I know that Windows 3.1 can only support 32MB...
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  3. #13
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    Aug 2009

    Default FATS disk won't reformat

    I have my main operating system on NFTS disk [XP home] but I also have an old FATS disk. I tried to reformat when re-installing XO,so I could use it but the system does not seem to allow that , so there is still some old rubbsh on the disk that I do not need . I am have trouble with my display [which I am posting elsewhere] and wondered if the rubbish on the FATS disc could be causing any problems. It was used with Windows NT.

  4. #14
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    Oct 2010

    Default NTFS vs. FAT

    If one is installing a single version of Windows it is best to go with the NTFS file system. It defragments better and has better security. If your multi-booting several operating systems on several partitions you may want to go with a small FAT 16 partition at the front of the drive. Fat 32 can be used when trying to share data with a Linux operating system like ubuntu. Otherwise FAT 32 is not much use these days on an Intel box. Fat 32 can be used on a Macintosh when using boot Camp because the MacOS X 10 operating system cannot natively access NTFS.

    NTFS vs. FAT: Which Is Right for You?

    NTFS vs. FAT32

    Note that whenever a new version of Windows is installed any existing NTFS partitions will be automatically upgraded to the newest version of NTFS without your knowledge or consent. This means that any third-party disk partitioning or disk management utilities may not work after installing a new version of Windows such as Windows 7. A workaround, albeit very time-consuming, is to change all NTFS partitions to fat 32. Then install the new version of Windows. Then use a third party partition manager program like Partition Magic to change the partitions back to NTFS.

    PartitionMagic is now out of date and is not being supported anymore. It is not compatible directly will Windows 7.

    “PartitionMagic was a computer program for hard disk drive partitioning originally made by the PowerQuest corporation but now owned by Symantec. As of December 8, 2009, the Symantec website stated that they no longer offer Partition Magic. The program ran on Microsoft Windows operating systems (only 2000 and XP, not Vista or 7) or from a bootable CD-ROM and enabled creation and modification of partitions. Existing partitions could be resized without loss of data.”
    Last edited by Deneb; 11-16-2010 at 11:54 AM.

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