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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    Most people would agree that NTFS more robust than FAT32. If you have a relatively new HD you'll be better off with NTFS because of the cluster sizes. If needed you can take advantage of security features with NTFS that are not available with FAT32. Take a look at this
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    Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

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    I want to do a clean install of Win XP and I understand that I have to change the BIOS so the PC boots from the CD Drive. Then I believe I am supposed to reboot with the XP CD in the drive. I read up on doing a clean install on the ElderGeek Site http://theeldergeek.com/xp_pro_install_-_graphic.htm and according to the steps he outlines, I will be asked if I want NTFS or FAT32 with NTFS being the preferred. My system is FAT32 right now. Should I select NTFS? I don't think I have ever had to make this decision on previous install [or maybe I just forget. ] <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    Joe is right - all the wisdom points to the advantages of using NTFS. However, I guess I reveal my "computer old age" when I say that I've always been too nervous to completely switch to NTFS, for I still use "DOS" boot disks and utilities to analyze, repair and otherwise tinker with hard drives. So, I keep my OS boot partition as FAT32. If you read Joe's link, you'll probably get the confidence to switch. There ARE utilities out on the 'Net specifically for NTFS tinkering - some are not free.

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    OK. What is a "relatively new HD"? Mine is about 4 years old and supports XP nicely.

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    Below 10 GB or so, FAT32 is more efficient than NTFS; for larger hard disks/partitions, NTFS is more efficient.

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    I'm with you on this also, Al.
    I converted my HDs to NTFS at one time, then found I couldn't use my floppies ( which I STILL do occasionally use ) I don't remember the specifics about the floppies, whether I couldn't access them or write to them or what it was?

    At any rate, I used Partition Magic and went back to FAT32 on all the HDs.
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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    You guys must do a lot of putzing around. I couldn't tell you the last time I really had the need to do something with floppies that I couldn't get done some other way. I'd never let that stop me from have a drive or partition be NTFS. (Insert approrpiate pun here <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23> )

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    Joe,
    While I won't deny I do a lot of "futzing" around, not necessarily with floppies, I still like the convenience of dropping a file or two on a floppy to take somewhere or instead of burning a CD or attaching them to an email or whatever.
    Besides that a floppy fits better in a shirt pocket than a CD. It also looks strange if you try to fit a CD in each of your two shirt front pockets. Hello Janet Jackson. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    In my case I don't ever use floppies for data transport or any of that kind of stuff. The cornerstone of my tinkerer's toolkit is a Win98SE BOOT floppy which I custom made several years ago to contain all kinds of commands and utility programs. I just bought a couple of 40 gig hard drives and my machine upstairs is now formatting one of 'em so I can replace a dead drive in my backup machine. Win98SE is better for hard drive prep than WinXP, in my opinion, so I stick with it. I have made 4 or 5 copies of that boot floppy, just in case! I can't even remember what the Win98 max size is, but it's certainly greater than the 32 gig of XP. Old soldiers never die, we just copy our floppies!

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    I occasionally use floppies to transport files between work (Windows XP Pro with NTFS) and home (Windows XP Home with NTFS). No problem at all...

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    Hans,
    For the life of me, I can't recall just WHAT the problem was with floppies. Was it I couldn't format them or write to them? Real blank there.
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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    Transporting data is one thing. I agree about that but even then USB 'thumb' drives are much better and getting cheaper all the time. Having a boot partition FAT32 just so you can see the contents within DOS in another. I was just saying that I've been lucky enough not to have had the need so I've just stuck with NTFS all the way around.

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    I'd never format anything that size FAT32. I'd always go with NTFS. But once again that is the PERSONAL in PC. BTW, I still occasionally use a Win98SE boot disk to wipe out something before starting a Win2k or XP install.

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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    <hr>I still occasionally use a Win98SE boot disk to wipe out something before starting a Win2k or XP install<hr>
    I prefer large magnets or a hammer, depending on the situation I am facing. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Actually, I have found over time that I tend to do that also, because I like to set up my partitions using FDISK before moving forward. Old habits die hard, I guess.
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    Re: Clean Install of Win XP (XP Professional)

    My HD is 30 GB so I guess I should use NTFS. I do have one question though - what do you mean about "Dos Boot Disks"? Does that mean the disk I have to boot when doing clean installs won't work with NTFS? When I boot with it in A, I get a menu to select from that allows me to pick booting with CD support or without. And on that subject.....

    That is the disk I originally used when I tried to install XP after formatting my HD - and I got the message "This program cannot be run in DOS" or some such nonsense. Which is why I thought I couldn't do a clean install. I ended up reinstalling Win98 and then installing XP through Windows.

    So, if I change the BIOS to boot to the CD, insert WIN XP, select NTFS etc, install XP and change the BIOS back when I am done - what will happen the next time I go to do a clean install? Will I just repeat those steps or will the steps be different because of NTFS?

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