Backup DOS data on NTFS?

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Frank Bell

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I just bought a new LaCie 120 gig firewire drive, and want to back up lots of data to it. I still use some DOS programs (Clipper database). I understand that a DOS program like Clipper can't access a hard disk formated in NTFS, but is there any reason I couldn't format in NTFS, backup the data there and, if I needed the backup, copy the file back to a FAT32 drive to use it?

Also... is there any reason not to partition and format part of a drive in NTFS, and another part in FAT32? So that DOS could use one partition, and put everything else on the NTFS portion?

Thanks!

Frank
 

JohnWill

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There is no reason your data won't be safe on an NTFS partition, and indeed copying it back to the FAT partition will allow DOS to access it.

I format my USB drives FAT32, just so I can take them with me and plug then into any system that can talk USB and access the data.
 
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