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    FAT32 and NTFS

    I have an old Pentium I, 166mhz running 95 with a 4-partition, 10gb (total), hard drive, which I networked with my laptop, a 600mhz pentium 3 running 2000. The 166mhz's drive is partitioned as c: (2gb/FAT), d: (2gb/FAT), e: (2gb/FAT) and f: (4gb/FAT32). My laptop's drive is formatted as c: (4.8gb/NTFS) and d: (25.2gb/NTFS).
    I have all four of the drives on the old 166mhz machine shared on the 166mhz and mapped to on the laptop.

    Here's the problem. When I'm in Windows Explorer on the laptop, and I click on the drive letter I that I mapped to the 166mhz's F: drive, while I see the contents of that drive list okay, when I click off of it (onto either another mapped drive or one of my laptop's locals), my whole Windows Explorer program freezes up. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN WHEN CLICKING OFF ANY OF THE OTHER THREE DRIVE LETTERS MAPPED TO THE DRIVE ON THE 166mhz. IT ONLY HAPPENS WITH THE F: DRIVE. The C, D and E are fine, and I can jump readily between each of them--but once I jump to the one mapped to the 166mhz's F:, that's the end of it--I can browse around on that drive, but everything hangs once I click on a different drive letter.

    Interestingly enough, the C:, D:, and E: drives are formatted as FAT, but the F: drive (twice the capacity) is formatted as FAT32. Does anyone know if there are any issues involving accessing a FAT32 logical drive over a network from a computer whose local hard drives are NTFS? And if so, could this be the problem, or could it be something entirely different? I'm ready to use Partition Magic to split off the F: drive (4gb/FAT32) into two drives, F:,G: (2gb/FAT,2gb/FAT).

    If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

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    Steve Weber

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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    The only problem (as far as I am aware) is with the support (or lack of it) of the operating system for FAT32. NT can't read FAT32, for example. Drive letters are irrelevant, and are probably a red herring.

    What operating system are you running on the "old Pentium 1"?
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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    If I recall correctly, it doesn't matter what the OS is on the "client" computer, it just needs a network connection to read the filesystem.

    Since the old machine (166 Mhz) is running Win95 (if I read the first post correctly), there shouldn't be a problem reading the drive. I know this hasn't helped resolve the problem, but maybe it closes a possible dead end.
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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    Chris

    Yes, you're entirely right - if you connect to a network share it doesn't matter what file system is being used "remotely"; that is deal with by the host operating system, and you just get passed the data.

    So no, I don't have a clue what the answer is, either!
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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    I do NOT use "Mapped" drives across our network. We just go to Network neighborhood and view the shares, and then select the share we want. You might try this and see if you still have the same problem.

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

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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    Phew! So I haven't forgotten everything since I changed jobs <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. Thanks for the confirmation.
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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    I'm running '95 on the old pentium, and 2000 on the laptop (a pentium 3).

    Steve

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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    Actually, I don't believe the problem even involves "reading" the drive, since I see the contents of the drive come up okay when I click on the mapped drive pointing to the shared fat32 drive. The problem occures when I "leave" the drive.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: FAT32 and NTFS

    Windows 9x had a critical update that involved Mapped Drives and shutting down.
    It may be relevant to your situation. If you have not run the critical updates on the 95 machine I would.
    I do not think that you can go through the "regular" way but instead you will need to find each update individually on the Microsoft website.

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