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    NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    When I upgraded to XP when it first came out, I never bothered to convert my HD to NTFS and kept FAT32 on both drives. I have been reading some advantages to NTFS that may make me want to convert, but what I would like to know is: Are there any major DIS-advantages to NTFS as opposed to FAT32?
    I know the procedure to convert, but I would like to be aware of any drawbacks to same.
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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    Biggest drawback is that you can no longer boot from a Windows 9x floppy to repair problems on your hard drive or to copy files.

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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    Stuart,
    That's one "bummer"! No way at all to do a boot from a floppy? What about some of these little utilities that claim to make an XP boot floppy?

    Any more known problems?
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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    You can still boot from a floppy, and you will find the sources somewhere for tools that claim to be able to read / write NTFS file systems when you have done this. You will need to design and test your own solution, rather than getting on out-of-the-box bootable floppy that can read and write your file systems.

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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    NTFS provides more security, FAT32 provides easier access to your files from outside Windows (if you really need it).
    For more details, see NTFS vs FAT

    And read
    NTFS vs. FAT32: I am planning to install Windows XP, so which should I choose?

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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    And there are problems with a peer 2 peer network using 9X type of OS's on other machines <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    Dave,
    That one I'm not "sweating". No P2P networking here. The inability to read/write NTFS files on boot seems to be the biggest obstacle so far. I've checked out a few spots that claim to have a boot floppy that can give read/write also, but haven't delved far enough to see if it's really true.
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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    Check out Active Data Recovery Software for the NTFS access tool I'm currently using. I put the EXE on a bootable floppy and it works like a charm.

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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    Hey Big Al,
    I briefly went out to the site you mentioned and noticed a number of different tools available.
    Which one or ones are you using and are they the demos or the comm'l versions. I noticed that the demos had the restore functions crippled.
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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    Since I'm previously inexperienced with NTFS, so far I've only tried the free NTFS DOS Reader program. I have made an NTFS partition for data storage on one of the drives on this machine and I wanted to make sure I could access from a boot disk, and copy files if necessary. The not-so-free stuff for me will come later on. There are probably lots of other places with similar utilities too. But, for the moment at least, I wouldn't be dead in the water if something happened.

    I guess we should search The Lounge to see if any other folks have recommended good utilities for NTFS. I already use Drive Image for backups and it does handle NTFS partitions. For example, here's a link Joe Perez put in this forum several weeks ago to a bunch of NTFS related software.

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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    I just might convert my "D" drive to NTFS and mess around with that to see just what I can and can't do with it. So far I haven't heard a real compelling argument for NTFS. Even MS says it is only "effective" with HD of 32gigs or larger. Since that was one of the things that I didn't replace during my last upgrade, I still have only two HD's of 20 gigs each.
    Anyone else have anything pro or con? Appreciate the input.
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    Re: NTFS (XP Home SP1)

    Guess I'll stay with FAT 32 for now.
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