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12-24-03, 11:15 PM
I have a PC with XP Pro formatted NTFS on my primary boot disk and I have 3 additional disk drives in the PC as well. One disk on the motherboard's primary IDE channel and two more on the primary IDE channel of an add-on PCI IDE controller card.

I want to reinstall using Win2K and what I was wondering is after loading up Win2K will I be able to reconnect my other drive and have Win2K recognize and use them? The reason I ask is I was told there were some NTFS changes made between Win2K and WinXP and Win2K may not be able to use the XP formatted disks.

Of course I want to do this without data loss.


12-24-03, 11:47 PM
YOu could try but XP has an updated version of NTFS. Not sure if win2000 will see it.

12-25-03, 11:11 PM
XP's NTFS is version 3.1, while W2K's NTFS is version 3.0.

12-26-03, 11:03 AM

NOTE:Microsoft Windows 2000 uses NTFS 3.0. NTFS 3.0 and 3.1 have compatible on-disk formats, so volumes upgraded to NTFS 3.1 by Windows XP can continue to be accessed by Windows 2000 or by Windows NT 4.0 with SP4 or later.

12-27-03, 01:17 AM
Thanks for the answers guys. 4KRG thanks so much...I was searching MS Knowledgelink but I must have missed that note.

12-31-03, 12:00 AM
Didnt work...oh well...looks the the key word there is "upgraded to NTFS 3.1". So I guess I will have to put XP on the domain...heh heh it will probably last about a day before my stupid IT department shuts it down.

I know there is a way to make XP look like a Win2K machine in the domain....anyone here know?

12-31-03, 08:25 AM
Perhaps searching under "compatibility mode" might do the trick.

12-31-03, 10:03 AM
Why don't you just reformat the drive using win2000? That will take care of the newer version of NTFS? This is of course assuming that the data on that drive can be lost...

12-31-03, 10:06 AM
Originally posted by palebluedot
"upgraded to NTFS 3.1".

I didn't even notice that myself. I have honestly never had a reason to put an Xp drive in a 2k machine so I don't know firsthand.

The easy solution would be to have another hard drive that you could format in 2k, install in the XP machine and copy everything to. or maybe a usb 2.0 drive

Maybe Partition Magic could help in some way? Convert? Just a thought.

12-31-03, 11:15 PM
Yeah it's no biggie...I can just copy the data off and format the drive and copy the data back. Its just that its 600GB and would be a pita to do it. Thanks for the help.

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