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    FAT32 vs NTFS

    In considering converting from FAT32 to NTFS, references seem to state that floppy disks/drives are not compatible with NTFS. Am I reading that right? I have an LS120 drive as my floppy so I can use both 120M super disks and the standard 1.44M floppies on this same drive and I would not want to give up that flexibility

    . If I convert, can I still use both disks on my LS120 drive?

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    Re: FAT32 vs NTFS

    Yes, you can use both disks in your LS120 drive. Floppies, being removable media, do not need NTFS and are unaffected by the conversion. It's also interesting to note that the overhead NTFS requires makes it completely unsuitable for a floppy - there wouldn't be any room left after formatting it with NTFS.
    -Mark

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    Re: FAT32 vs NTFS

    All your equipment should work with NTFS. the only problem you might have is software related, specifically to DOS, becuase you can't get to it, becuase the purpose of NTFS is total security.

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    Re: FAT32 vs NTFS

    I assume I can read a floppy or a Super Disk, but can I write to them. I reference your caution about NTFS overhead. Is there a reference on this or a KB article? Do you know this size of the overhead?

    BTW thanks for your response so very much

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    Re: FAT32 vs NTFS

    Please refer to my reply to the Modeator 2/25/02

    Thanks for your help

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    Re: FAT32 vs NTFS

    sorry, but i don't understand this message. please give more detail. Which reply to the moderator?
    thanks

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    Re: FAT32 vs NTFS

    Whether you have FAT32 or NTFS pertains to the specific disk (actually, to the partition on the disk - you can have separate FAT32 and NTFS partitions on the dame disk). So, yes, you can read and write floppy disks irrespective of whether you have FAT32 or NTFS on your other disks; you just can't format floppies as NTFS.

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    Re: FAT32 vs NTFS

    I have an external Zip drive. I had compressed all my disks for it and XP could not read them. Had to hook it to another computer Win98 and copy all the file to the hard drive, then uncompress the disks. Now my Zip drive and XP get along fine.

    Tom <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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