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    Default Fat32 -- NTFS

    I have a ASUS laptop, with Windows XP Pro.
    When I received the laptop, both partitions are FAT32 instead of NTFS.
    Is there any reason for this?
    Why would they have been formated FAT32 instead of NTFS?
    Any insights would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Fat32 -- NTFS

    Your guess is as good as mine. Ask the person who gave it to you.

    It doesnt have to be formatted in NTFS.

    BUT its easy enough to convert it to NTFS. If u want NTFS.

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    Default Re: Fat32 -- NTFS

    Personally I prefer FAT32, possibly the same with whoever last formatted it. Either that or perhaps thats just the Asus default, because like Speedy said you can use the convert command to 'upgrade' it to NTFS should you so desire. It cant however work in reverse.
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    Default Re: Fat32 -- NTFS

    proberly because its easier to repair with dos based tools. also fat32 is a little bit quicker than ntfs but not as tidy.

    dosn't make a lot of sence, with XPpro you would really want to make use of the NTFS sicurity features.

    dose it have a restore partition? if so it may have a dos based boot disk.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Default Re: Fat32 -- NTFS

    I was my understanding that NFTS offered better operation & security.
    Have I been disillusioned?

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    Default Re: Fat32 -- NTFS

    NTFS has far better sicurity and its a bit tidier however its a major to repair if it turns to crap.

    personally i find winXP likes NTFS better. i've had less problems with NTFS than fat32 when running XP.
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    Default Re: Fat32 -- NTFS

    Even if u format in NTFS, there is a way to make a bootdisk that can read it.

    You just have to copy 3 files to the floppy.

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    Default Re: Fat32 -- NTFS

    Thanks everyone for your insights --
    signing off.

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