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XP vs partitions over 37gb?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by props, Sep 11, 2003.

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  1. props

    props Thread Starter

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    Hi all!

    I am getting ready to fire up my new computer for the first time and went to Western Digital's site (the hd I have installed) to see if there were any issues that I should be aware of. Both WD and MS say that XP will not support partitions over 37gb in size when formatted as a FAT drive. They say to format as a NTFS instead as it is a superior system. I have never heard of this and neither have any of my friends. One has an 80gb drive (mine is 40gb) and he has it set up as a FAT32 drive. Windows is recoginzing the entire 80gb in one partition. What gives here?

    Cheers,

    Props
     
  2. marcg

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    Any particular reason why you absolutely have to format the hdd in FAT? I really recommend formatting it to NTFS. It is a definite upgrade from the old FAT formats. Windows XP will perform best I'm sure with the "New Technology File System". There really is no reason to want to have it formatted to FAT.



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  3. rekash

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    What you read is right, NTFS is superior to FAT32. It's much more secure and stable that FAT32. I don't believe there's a limit to the size of drive it will support (though I seem to remember something about 111 gb). There's absolutely no reason why you should use FAT32 over NTFS.
     
  4. props

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    Hi marcq and rekash,

    No reason at all, I'd rather have NTFS but I have heard horror stories about apps that ran great on Win 98SE under FAT32 not working at all on NTFS with XP. I write magazine articles on Word 2000 and I use GoBack which I would hate to be without. As long as I won't have any problems with that and transferring my writing projects from Win 98SE to the new XP with NTFS I'll be happy as a clam.

    Thanks for the info, very helpful bunch on these forums!

    props
     
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