View Full Version : What happens in Doze if you tar up an NTFS drive, format if FAT32 and put it back?

31-01-2005, 08:46 PM
Ive got Linux on a PC.

What I wanna do is tar up the C: Drive and put the tar files onto DVD. Easy.

Next, I want to reformat it FAT32 (Ive got a bootable Win98 "floppy" on CD which will do just this).

Once that partition is reformated as FAT32 I want to untar the WinXP install back onto that drive.

Would it work or no?



31-01-2005, 08:52 PM
the boot loader will be trashed but other than that.....

31-01-2005, 08:56 PM
I wouldn't of thought the file system would make any difference. It is only the files that gets tarred up, not the underlying file system. Or is this wrong?

31-01-2005, 08:57 PM
The install itself will be just fine. The bootloader however, will be trashed as has been said.

You just need to boot of a Windows XP CD and go into Recovery Console. Run the command "fixmbr", and you should be fine :)

31-01-2005, 08:58 PM
That's right Jen, he just needs to rewrite the boot sector using Fixmbr

Murray P
31-01-2005, 09:32 PM
I'd have thought all your boot and OS loading files will have problems, not just boot.ini, but ntldr, NTDETECT.com and a couple of others that float around your C: and windows directories.

How would the i386 files be, surely some of those are specific to an NTFS system?

What about functions that rely on NTFS and their settings?

Have you read the EULA Chill, is this your one allowed copy for backup purposes? ;)

01-02-2005, 12:03 AM
Stuff the MBR, its funny Linux also and will be using Grub..... hence why I'd prefer FAT32 :)

Sam I Am
01-02-2005, 07:55 AM
Do you know that it would be fine if you formatted the drive as ntfs and put it back on?

If so then give it a go. If the fat32 wont work go back to ntfs :thumbs:

01-02-2005, 09:45 AM
Ive got Linux on a PC.
Yes, I know that I have a very weird sense of humour, but that really cracked me up. I mean, talking about stating the obvious... :p