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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.

Scott
http://www.AAApcMechanic.com

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