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Old 08-24-05, 10:53 AM
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Can I Share Files Between an NTFS & FAT32 Partition?

I'm in the process of building a dual boot system with drive C containing Windows 98 (FAT32) and drive D containing XP (NTFS). I know that drive D will be invisible to drive C if, for example, I look for it in Windows Explorer (because FAT32 cannot read NTFS).

My question, however, is regarding important files and programs on my D drive. If I need to send these to C, is it just a simple process of copying and pasting? Or will I be prevented from transferring these from an NTFS drive to FAT32 due to some type of incompatibility?
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Old 08-24-05, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by rennervision
I'm in the process of building a dual boot system with drive C containing Windows 98 (FAT32) and drive D containing XP (NTFS). I know that drive D will be invisible to drive C if, for example, I look for it in Windows Explorer (because FAT32 cannot read NTFS).
Umm.. That almost made sense, but not quite. Windows 98 will not be able to see Drive D because Windows 98 doesn't understand NTFS.

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My question, however, is regarding important files and programs on my D drive. If I need to send these to C, is it just a simple process of copying and pasting? Or will I be prevented from transferring these from an NTFS drive to FAT32 due to some type of incompatibility?
Data is data. XP will copy from one to the other and back again with no issues. 98 will not be able to copy anything between them, but XP will work just fine copying your data around.



But, the bigger question is why are you building a system to dual boot 98 and XP? It just doesn't make a lot of sense. Anything that 98 can do, XP can do better. Really.
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Old 08-24-05, 11:10 AM
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98 cant read an ntfs partition without modification

there are applications that can be installed to allow it to read ntfs.. check sysinternals

I believe the app is called "NTFS for Windows 98"
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Old 08-24-05, 11:16 AM
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No problem copying and pasting as long as you're in XP which can see both formats.

I have seen reasons for keeping Win98, mostly older games and a few old apps that got abandoned.
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Thanks, X. That's precisely why I'm doing it.

I didn't think it would be an issue if I did it from the D drive, but I wasn't 100% sure. I knew I had 0% chance of doing it from the C drive without an application like twikoff suggested.
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Be aware that file sizes over 4GB aren't supported by FAT32.
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How does one convert FAT to NTFS again?
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Old 08-24-05, 11:43 AM
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http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...onvertfat.mspx
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Old 08-24-05, 11:52 AM
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Be aware that file sizes over 4GB aren't supported by FAT32.
I've heard that, which raises one more silly question. Can I copy an entire folder from D to C that is, for example, 60 GB, in one step as long as each of the individual files inside the folder are under this 4GB limit?
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Yes. But you may have trouble creating FAT32 partitions over 32GB in size.
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What problem games/applications are these that you speak of? I've never encountered anything that will work in 98 but not in XP.
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Old 08-24-05, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Otto
What problem games/applications are these that you speak of? I've never encountered anything that will work in 98 but not in XP.
lots of old dos based games and kids games have issues with xp
and the compatibility mode option doesnt work all that well
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Originally Posted by Otto
Umm.. That almost made sense, but not quite. Windows 98 will not be able to see Drive D because Windows 98 doesn't understand NTFS.


Data is data. XP will copy from one to the other and back again with no issues. 98 will not be able to copy anything between them, but XP will work just fine copying your data around.



But, the bigger question is why are you building a system to dual boot 98 and XP? It just doesn't make a lot of sense. Anything that 98 can do, XP can do better. Really.
there are a number of older games that crap out in xp even using the compatibility mode
and not just dos based
Mechwarrior 3 craps out more often than it works
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Yes. But you may have trouble creating FAT32 partitions over 32GB in size.
I never had that problem with 98se
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Old 08-24-05, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
I never had that problem with 98se
Yes, but the drive may have to be partitioned in XP where that problem will exist. XP and Win2K won't create FAT32 partitions over 32GB.

Perhaps creating the large partition first in Win98 and installing XP second will prevent it.
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