Setting up XP dual boot...need some help...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Romier S, Oct 27, 2001.

  1. Romier S

    Romier S Producer

    Sep 2, 1999
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    Ok, I'm setting up a dual boot with WinXP and Win98. I already installed 98 on a Fat32 partition and all went well. Now my question is when I create the XP partition should I partition as FAT32 or NTFS? What are some of the advantages of NTFS if I do?
    This machine is used mostly for gaming and Internet applications just in case you were wondering. Any help is appreciated.
  2. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

    Aug 17, 1998
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    NTFS is a more efficient file system, is more secure and is generally preferable. With NTFS you can assign user permissions for each folder.
    However NTFS cannot be seen by DOS or Windows 9x/Me, so if you use it you wont be able use the Windows 2000 partition when you're in Windows 98.
    It's very easy to convert FAT32 to NTFS later should you wish to. However you cannot convert NTFS back, so if you're unsure, it's probably safer to use FAT32 now and think about converting at a later date.

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