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    NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    I'm a newbie considering converting one of the two physical drives in my XP pro machine to NTFS and leaving the other FAT32. Is that a doable deal...and advisable?
    I'm assuming the NTFS drive won't have any issues sharing its folders with another computer in its workgroup using Win98, but thought I ought to confirm...the old measure twice cut once approach.
    Any advise welcome!
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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    I'm also a newbie to NTFS and I made an NTFS partition on one of my drives just so's I could get some experience with the file system. However, unless your circumstances are like mine and you want to "experiment and learn," or unless you have need for the somewhat greater security and features of NTFS, for most people NTFS is not a big deal. I don't know of any pressing need to use NTFS if you're already doing OK with a FAT system. In the grand scheme of things, I don't think you would improve your access time noticeably or your space utilization for that matter.

    If you've not already done so, you might want to do a little reading about NTFS v. FAT, such as here.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    You shouldn't have any problems.

    I have my main XPP HD (40G) formated as NTFS, my secondary drive (2G) is FAT32. It's been that way since just about Day 1 of my XPP box and I have never had any problems.
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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    Before this thread gets out of hand, search the Lounge - this is a favorite topic. Try this search for starters, and read through some of the previous posts....there is a wealth of information already out there on this topic. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    Thanks for the feedback. Glad to know this is a possibility

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    When I was doing my research what made NTFS look good was 1) the more efficient use of hard drive space and 2) that it didn't have the 2GB file size limit which seemed to made imaging and backing up larger drives easier.

    After having been lax on covering my backside by backing up my system and data for my 3 computer workgroup for my home business; I'm searching for reliable, quick, low maintanence systems for doing both. Between software installation disks I''ve copied to HD, installed aps, their docs, and various database backups I've got nearly 30GB.

    I bought and installed a 80Gig HD in the work horse computer of the group to make the process quick and inexpensive. Now it's time for me to decide on how I'm actually going to do it.

    Was thinking of Retrospective for data backup and Ghost or Drive Image for imaging operating system and aps. (The impetus to get moving on this was having to reinstall OS and aps on two of the computers. The down time ate me alive. )

    So -- now that I've written you a book -- am I on the right track? I'd value your insight.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    Just found your post 105683. It answered a lot of question for me. Thanks.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    There is no particular reason to use more than one type of backup software. Ghost or DI will back up and restore data just fine. We use both at work. In our experience support for both by the vendor is horrible. IMHO, that is typical of most software companies these days. The only operational downside to DI we've observed is some challenges getting it to work with notebooks. I prefer the Ghost console to the DI console. But that is just a personal preference (that's why ther're called personal computers <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ). Otherwise, the features are about the same.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    <hr>Was thinking of Retrospective for data backup and Ghost or Drive Image for imaging...<hr>
    Assuming you meant Retrospect, I don't know how much it costs, so you should also take a look at Karen Kenworthy's Replicator. It's free so if you're wanting to do nightly backups of "selected" data, you should give it a look too.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    Big Al, If he is going to spend the $$ on Ghost or DI or something else, why bother with yet another product? With the new DI a user can backup a non-OS partition from within Windows - no re-booting. Don't know if Ghost has that capability yet. But you can be sure it will soon if it does not. Even though he is talking about a small network, I think he'd end up liking the central control aspects of Ghost or DI (assuming he jumps at a 'enterprise/network' version which I'd do for a business).

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    I guess it's one of those "different strokes..." things, Joe. Many of us who use an imaging product do so for complete partition backup only and use some other product for frequent backup of stuff like word processor files, spreadsheets, bookmarks, mail and so on. Those kinds of files usually make up a very small percentage of one's total disk space and so don't merit every night imaging of whole partitions. I do agree with you about the network (or "Pro") version though. It can be quite challenging to say the least, learning how to image your BOOT drive to a network destination. I went through it BEFORE Drive Image was capable ot backing up from within Windows - it was entirely running in DOS.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    Big Al, Yeah it is kind of 'different strokes'. But you can set up different backups for both Ghost and DI to do a full then incremental backups. That accomplishes the same thing plus it is probably more thorough. It uses the OS the identify which files have changed and need backing up. My whole point being if you can get the job done with one product why introduce another to setup, learn, & support.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    Well Joe, now you've hit me with something else I don't know how to do! Not unusual for me though. How do you get Drive Image to do an incremental backup of only changed files? If you can, would you point me to the spot in their menu structure where that is?

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    Just don't do what I did. After upgrading hard drives and case, I reinstalled XP Pro and all my software. I then made the mistake of changing the NTFS drives from Basic to Dynamic (sounded good to me). Drive Image then sees no partitions to copy with the Dynamic NTFS drives. And it appears to be a one way street. I had to reformat and reinstall yet again. A good three days wasted.

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    Re: NTFS drive and FAT32 drive? (XP pro)

    BigAl, Well crap. I guess I was hallucinating (or confusing backup products). Does dazed or cunfused really matter anyway?? Can't find it for DI. Thought it was there. Ghost will. As will Backup Exec (which we use to back our server to tape). Believe Backup Exec can be used for network machines also. I think it is rather expensive but not sure.

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