FAT32 Across the Board
Posted on 2004-09-09
Computer hobbyist, no formal computer training, DIYist always in learning mode.
Have 4 computers, W98, W98SE, and two with XPSR1 with following disk drive info:
W98 and SE all FAT32 which I understand is standard.
XP#1 60GB HD
Dellutility 31MB Primary FAT
Local disk C 10GB Primary NTFS
Processor 2 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4, 256 Megabytes Installed Memory
XP#2 120GB HD
Local disc C 10GB Primary FAT 32
Extended 40GB Primary FAT32
Second HD 160GB recognized in BIOS and Device Manager, but all unallocated.
Processor 3.2 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4, 512 M installed memory
All file systems are as initially bundled OEM installations.
Question: If not foolish, I want all the above to be FAT32. Not overly concerned with security, as can be seen there is little file activity and I have fairly standard security software installed. Primary activity is the fun of dickering with software and computer technology. Can I end up with FAT32 across the board? If so, this will require some converting from NTFS to FAT32, which I understand is a one way step, essentially, no turning back, and, as I have been reading about this stuff, there seems to be some problem in formatting a "large" disk to FAT32, and even formatting a 160GB HD, period, without some extra steps.
The essential question is can I do it, and peripherally any advice anyone can see as pitfalls, and possible a good link or two. I have searched google under "fat32 vs ntfs" and found more than I could absorb, but never an answer to these particular questions in a neat package.
Thanks for any advice