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What is FAT32X?

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I created a WIN95 system disk from one of the computers in my office and have been using it to format some other computers.  After the partitioning and formating is completed on the new computer everything looks great, but when using Partition Magic, it reports the partition as "other" and calls it FAT32X.  What is FAT32X and how does it affect my computers performance?  I can't seem to get an answer from any techs. I have been using "Disk Image" to clone 1 gig hard disks and most seem to work good then suddenly fail to bootup\initialize. I realize this is probably do to the hard drive's poor reputation(JTS Palladium)and high failure rate. In addition, I am unable to change\repartition the drive with Partition Magic.  Either the software(PM) doesn't know how to handle it or maybe FAT32X does not function properly on a hard drive with only 1 gig. Please help......    
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This is from Powerquest:

FAT32x is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft to enable FAT32 partitions to exist beyond 1024 cylinders. Windows 95 versions 'B' (OSR2) and later and Windows 98 are the only operating systems currently using FAT32x partitions. The movement to drives that have more than 1024 translated cylinders (i.e. 8Gb and larger) has been the catalyst for this development.

Working in FAT32x partitions is essentially the same as working in FAT32 partitions. However, when attempting to manipulate a FAT32x partition, problems may occur. Procedures such as copying, imaging, resizing, and moving FAT32x partitions require different methods than those used for FAT32 partitions.

Many new computers have pre-installed FAT32x partitions. This has created numerous problems for individuals wishing to modify their partitions on their new systems. FAT32x partitions have a different file system flag in the partition table. Sometimes a FAT32x partition is erroneously created entirely within 1024 cylinders. This can be corrected, in some cases, by using a disk editing utility.
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Thanks, Great answer!  But if I did want to correct this problem, what disk editing utility would you recommend?  
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