FAT16 and FAT32 file systems on peer-to-peer networked PCs
Posted on 1998-07-21
I have 8 PCs connected through a peer-to-peer network and they all are working fine. Of these 8, six PCs run WIndows-95, one of them Windows-98 and another Windows 3.11 (an old PC).
All of them share files from a workstation (say S1) running win-95. This workstation has crashed twice in the last three months. We had to throw away the hard disks (reformatting did not help!!). We thought it was due to harddisk failures.
I am beginning to realize that different filesystems can cause potential problems.
Question 1) What is the filesystem on Windows 3.11? Is it compatible with FAT32 filesystems on Window 98 and Windows-95 (OSR2 which supports FAT32)?
Question 2) For file sharing, should all the filesystems be the same?
Question 3) How to findout what is the filesystem on a machine? What are the general guidelines one should follow for filesharing on a LAN?