Does NTFS access FAT32 Files?????

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Situation:

Harddrive 0 =MASTER is formated in NTFS & has WinXP OS installed (ONLY the OS is on this drive.)

Harddrive 1 = SLAVE is fomatted in FAT32 (programs, data files, photos, , etc. )

Will this marriage work? Or do BOTH harddrives have to be same (NTFS or FAT32... ) in order to be able to access the files.

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You can read both drives from the OS as is. The only problem would be booting from a DOS disk (win98), you could not read NTFS disks.

Hope this helps!
 

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NTFS and FAT32 are filesystem types. They can be mixed in any manner if you're using 2K or XP, W9x or ME only read the FAT filesystems.
 

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I feel like I need to reinstall the WINXP but formatting the HDD in FAT32. How do I go about this? I called for a new installation and it had not asked for a choice of formatting.

This must have to be done from DOS I presume.

Is there a step by step procedure I can follow to do that?
Please Help.

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A) Reformat HDD in FAT32
B) New Install of WINXP
 

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Help, I am having no luck. The site recommended above calls for a WINME startup disk. which I have. When trying to use... it states:

INCORRECT MS-DOS VERSION
 

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Look closer when you boot the XP CD, there's an option to format early in the installation script.
 

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Formatting as fat32 may or may not be an option depending on the size of the partition. >32 gig and the only option in setup will be ntfs. <32 gig and you will have both options.
 

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Formatted in FAT32 successful. Thanks for all your help! :)
 
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