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Why does partition magic see my drive as fat32x?
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by:smeebud
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Do you mean rather that
FAT32 [with no X]????

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rmarotta earned 200 total points
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Certain computer manufacturers use FAT32x to partition large hard drives.  I don't think Partition Magic is compatible with it.
AFAIK - FAT32x is the same as FAT32 except that the boot sector ifo is written at the end of the partition.
Regards,
Ralph

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by:smeebud
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Great answer,
Short and sweet::))

Well, at least nobody can argue with that.

Bud
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by:rmarotta
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I don't know what happened at E-E, but my answer got lost somehow.  I'll try again:

FAT32x is installed by certain computer manufacturers on large hard drives.
The difference is that the boot sector info is written at the end of the partition with FAT32x, instead of at the beginning.
I don't think Partition Magic is compatible with FAT32x.
Regards,
Ralph

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by:cbeadle
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I would agree except that I have re-fdisked my hard drive several ways to get around that possibility. The only thing that I have been able to confirm is that is is indeed an issue with the way the FAT is written on large drives. (Incidentally, my drive is the 6.4 gig Quantum Bigfoot CY)
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