How to tell if running FAT or NTFS?

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mleaton

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Hello,

I'm sure this is a stupid question, but how can you tell if you are running FAT or NTFS file system?

My husband did our XP upgrade (over Windows 98) over a year ago and he has no idea.

Thanks for any info anyone can provide.

Kind Regards,
Melissa
 
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If you go into "My Computer" and right click, go to properties of the hard drive, it will tell you what the file system is.
 

mleaton

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:D LOL!!!

I'm sorry. Didn't mean to leave you hanging. The system is running FAT32.

I didn't know for sure so I had to post the question since I didn't know how to find out.

I've had numerous problems and lost critical files with the last virus and since I'm going to have to reinstall the OS anyway, I needed to know which option to try first. Since this is an upgrade, I have the option to uninstall XP on the system and it will (hopefully - fingers crossed) revert back to 98. If I can get it back to 98, I can run the update again and get back the items that were lost. I figure it's worth a try and if it doesn't work, then I'm headed for a clean install anyway.

I've already backed up my important files to CD, so it doesn't matter what I lose at this point. When I talked to MSTech support, they said I should go ahead and try it, but if I had changed my file system to NTFS then I couldn't use the auto uninstall for XP. Now that I know, I can give it a try. We'll see what happens!

Melissa
 

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Thanks for letting me know Melissa, it means that I can lay off the valium for today. ;)

Good luck with the recovery and re-install.

You'll know that you can clean-install XP using your '98 CD as proof of having a prior MS operating system.

Clean Install XP http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Example of partitioning an 80Gb drive: (Maxtor Diamondmax 7,200 rev/min with 8Mb drive-cache.)

80Gb (Decimal size) = 80,000,000,000 Bytes , divide by 1024 three times to give the Binary sizing:

78125000 Kb
76293·95 Mb
74·51 Gb

(10·0Gb = 10,000,000,000 Bytes (÷ 1024) = 9765625 Kb (÷ 1024) = 9536·74 Mb (÷ 1024) = 9·313 Gb)

Drive C: 10240 Mb (10·0Gb) Operating System & Programming. 2000 Min & Max paging file. (2048Mb on the drive.) (Drive Image Backup to CDRs or Data DVDs)

Drive D: 10240 Mb (10·0Gb) (My) Documents & Email Folders.
(Copy Backups to CDRs or Data DVDs)

Drive E: 20480 Mb (20·0Gb) Music only.
(Drive Image Backup, otherwise original Audio CDs)

Drive F: Remaining Drive Space. Archive, Video, etc.
(Archive Copy Backup to CDRs & Data DVDs)

Drive F: also has an Automated System Recovery (ASR) BackupC.bkf file for drive C: to use with an ASR floppy.

All drives are partitioned & FULL formatted, directly from the Windows XP CD, to NTFS

I just put this in as it was on the clipboard anyway and you might want to consider adding a second slave drive for storage. (15 watts needed from your power supply.)

You need to use NTFS for drives over 32Gb so the entire system would be better being re-formatted to NTFS if that is the way you want to go.

Good luck!
 
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RAM-PAGE said:
The suspense is unbearable! Is it NTFS or FAT32???
Pretty funny,lol.... Mleaton shoulda stretched out the torment at least a day though :p

[ps.RAM, lol.... Do you recall your 'My Pictures' thread a li'l while back, and my smart alecky remark...[re-More RAM!] . I just saw what you did funny guy- You tweaked my quote didn't you :eek: - changing my '2000 MB' into the computerly-correct '2048 MB' . Must I now copyright my posts? :eek: ]
 

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bobol said:
Pretty funny,lol.... Mleaton shoulda stretched out the torment at least a day though :p

[ps.RAM, lol.... Do you recall your 'My Pictures' thread a li'l while back, and my smart alecky remark...[re-More RAM!] . I just saw what you did funny guy- You tweaked my quote didn't you :eek: - changing my '2000 MB' into the computerly-correct '2048 MB' . Must I now copyright my posts? :eek: ]
Pretty funny,lol.... Melissa shoulda stretched out the torment at least a day though :p

[ps.RAM, lol.... Do you recall your 'My Pictures' thread a li'l while back, and my smart alecky remark...[re-More RAM!] . I just saw what you did funny guy- You tweaked my quote didn't you :eek: - changing my '2000 MB' into the computerly-correct '2048 MB' . Must I now copyright my posts? :eek: ]

You are very observant! :)

What I wonder about is how did Melissa get changed into Mleaton? :confused:

Just had another thread where Paul has successfully converted his 160Gb drive from FAT32 to NTFS. Just awaiting the improved defrag results.

FAT32 gave him 32768 bytes in each allocation unit and now NTFS is giving the correct 4096. The outcome should be interesting.
 
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RAM-PAGE said:
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What I wonder about is how did Melissa get changed into Mleaton? :confused:
......
bordering upon feeling woefully humbled, and splitting my guts laughing here....
I concede-vengeance is yours (y)
 
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well I got some really good giggles out of our ripostes [pardon pun].... more mutual giggles=more peace/harmony.

lol @ link to 5 page thread in two days.... busy busy
 
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