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NTFS Dilemma

by dinasr / December 1, 2004 6:01 AM PST

I am runing windows xp SP2 , and tring to partition my secondary hard drive using the windows xp disk manager , the new hard disk is seagate barracoda 80 gb space , i created the primary partition as 5 gb , and then i marked the rest of the space available as extended ,and when tring to creat a new logical partionn inside the extended partition , the option to create it as fat32 disappeard and i can find only the NTFS . Given that i tried to create a 35 gb partion the option disappeard , but in the case i try to create less disk space as 10 or 15 gb , i have the option alive and the disk manager listed the two options , can u help me plz .

Thanx in advance

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FAT32 only available for 32G and smaller.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2004 6:06 AM PST
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Re: FAT32 only available for 32G and smaller.
by dinasr / December 1, 2004 6:36 AM PST

Is this a rule ? or can i just use other programs like partition magic to do the trick ?

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Re: FAT32 only available for 32G and smaller.
by 44039 / December 1, 2004 7:25 AM PST

It's just a limitation that Windows 2000 and XP can't format them. Mounting them is not a problem, just formatting. If you want a work around, you would need to partition the drive and format it in a Win98/WinME machine. Then transfer the disk back to the XP/2000 machine, and recreate the smaller partition with NTFS.
I'm wondering though, why would you want to use FAT32? NTFS is much better, and less chance for disk corruption.


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