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I have installed XP Pro and SuSE on the Seagate SATA 80 gig. On install it only allowed me to use NTFS. I have always been able to choose Fat ...
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    SATA - NTFS only ??


    I have installed XP Pro and SuSE on the Seagate SATA 80 gig. On install it only allowed me to use NTFS. I have always been able to choose Fat 32 or NTFS before.

    Does anyone know why it will not allow it now? Is it the SATA?

    Thanks

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    I highly doubt that the disk limits the filesystem, though, I always though XP could only be installed on NTFS
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    Quote Originally Posted by dylunio
    I highly doubt that the disk limits the filesystem, though, I always though XP could only be installed on NTFS
    NTFS or FAT32
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    "I always though XP could only be installed on NTFS"

    You have the choice to format NTFS or FAT (FAT32).
    http://www.petri.co.il/images/setup9.jpg

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    This is weird ...!!

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    You have the choice to format NTFS or FAT (FAT32).
    http://www.petri.co.il/images/setup9.jpg


    I went to your jpeg, and that is what I have got before - when I loaded XP Pro on my 40 gig Seagate EIDE drive. I have installed this same XP Pro a number of times - and this is the first time I have not had the choice.

    Weird!! I am just wondering if it is something to do with SATA ??

    Thanks for the replies.

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    WinXP has a 32GB limit for formatting a FAT32 partition, this is why most people will use NTFS. You can format the complete disk using FAT32 if you use a Win9x bootdisk (fdisk, reboot, and then format).

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...;EN-US;q314463

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    Ahhh - I see.

    That is why. I have an 80 gig.

    Then I should be able to partition the drive into smaller partitions and use FAT 32 - right?

    If that is a yes - what might be the best scenario for having a portion or more set to FAT 32 to work well with Linux?

    Thanks for the help.

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