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How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by catatonic-state@today.com, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. catatonic-state@today.com

    catatonic-state@today.com Flightless Bird

    I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    drives were the same.
     
  2. David H. Lipman

    David H. Lipman Flightless Bird

    From: <catatonic-state@today.com>

    | I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    | How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    | I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    | drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    | number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    | drives were the same.


    You mean "FAT32 or NTFS".

    If your hard disk is greater than 32GB then you are using NTFS.

    XP does not provide a way to format drives greater than 32GB using the FAT32 scheme.

    The drive model has NO bearing on this subject matter except that the model suggests the
    size of the disk.

    --
    Dave
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
     
  3. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    <catatonic-state@today.com> wrote in message
    news:hhdht5lu7l1eo2f1arm4gbdjsqvihrp7hp@4ax.com...

    > I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    > I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    > drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    > number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    > drives were the same.


    / Control Panel / Admin Tools / Computer Management / Storage / Disk
    Management
    shows each drive (in the right panel) with its (size and) type.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  4. sgopus

    sgopus Flightless Bird

    It's NTFS, and it's nothing to do with the physical structure of your Hard
    drive, it's your file structure, as Basic as I can keep it, FAT32 has a 4 Gig
    File size limit, NTFS doesn't, Also NTFS is more robust than FAT32 and better
    at correcting errors.
    Open windows explorer and right click on your C drive, choose properties it
    should list the file structure and available free space, as well as used
    space. Note this is not referred to as Memory, it's either free space or used
    space. Ie you have a 80Gig Hd, when formatted you will not see all 80 Gig as
    available, once the operating system is installed, you will see used space
    listed and available space.

    "catatonic-state@today.com" wrote:

    > I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    > I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    > drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    > number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    > drives were the same.
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  5. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 17:31:55 -0500, catatonic-state@today.com wrote:

    > I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?



    You mean NTFS.

    In My Computer, right-click the drive and choose "Properties." It will
    tell you there.


    > I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    > drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    > number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    > drives were the same.



    Hard drives are the same in some resects and different in other
    respects. But FAT32 and NTFS are not differences in the drives
    themselves. Any drive can be either. The difference between FAT32 and
    NTFS is a difference in what file system is put *on* the drive.


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  6. Willard

    Willard Flightless Bird

    catatonic-state@today.com wrote:
    > I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    > I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    > drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    > number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    > drives were the same.
    >
    >
    >

    Disk Defragmenter gives the file system type...
     
  7. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in message
    news:e4vi3ny5KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > From: <catatonic-state@today.com>
    >
    > | I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > | How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    > | I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    > | drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    > | number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    > | drives were the same.
    >
    >
    > You mean "FAT32 or NTFS".
    >
    > If your hard disk is greater than 32GB then you are using NTFS.
    >
    > XP does not provide a way to format drives greater than 32GB using the
    > FAT32 scheme.
    >
    > The drive model has NO bearing on this subject matter except that the
    > model suggests the
    > size of the disk.
    >
    > --
    > Dave
    > http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    > Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
    >
    >


    David, slight correction to your post. While XP will not format a drive
    larger than 32 GB XP can be installed onto a FAT32 drive that has been
    formatted by another OS (98 or ME, etc.) or method larger than 32 GB. Just
    because the OP has a drive of 80 GB does not mean that it is formatted as
    NTFS. Others have posted the various ways that it can be determined if FAT
    32 or NTFS is used.
     
  8. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    catatonic-state@today.com wrote:
    > I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    > I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    > drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    > number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    > drives were the same.
    >


    Start ; Run : diskmgmt.msc

    Disks are broken up into pieces called "Partitions". When you look
    in Disk Management, you're seeing boxes representing partitions or
    empty spaces. In the list at the top of Disk Management, there is a
    column called "File System", and that shows the file system used
    on that particular partition.

    A disk can have multiple partitions. Right now, my disks have four
    partitions on each. Some of my partitions are FAT32 and some are
    NTFS. I make NTFS partitions, when I know I'll need to store files
    having a size over 4GB. FAT32 only supports files up to a maximum size
    of 4GB. Some utility software, if it sees you're using FAT32, will
    break up an output file into smaller pieces, to fit within that limit.
    If you're doing downloads, and you attempt to download a >4GB file
    onto a C: drive formatted FAT32, that can result in the download
    being stopped. The browser may be using the %temp% directory for
    the download, and overflowing that is what may stop your download.
    FAT32 is fine, as long as you keep that 4GB limit in mind when doing
    stuff. If you worked a lot with large files used for preparing
    DVDs, then FAT32 might not be a good choice.

    There are utilities available, that can format a partition with the
    FAT32 file system, for partitions larger than 32GB. I think you can
    have a FAT32 partition up to 2TB in size, but it might not be the most
    efficient way to store files. Microsoft encouraged NTFS, by making
    their FAT32 formatter stop at 32GB, but since the file system
    supports more than that, a third party utility will let you do
    what you want.

    http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?fat32format.htm

    http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/download/fat32format.zip

    Once unzipped, that gives the command line program "fat32format.exe".

    The 2TB limit for FAT32 is mentioned here (2TB if you want to
    boot from it).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat32#FAT32

    HTH,
    Paul
     
  9. David H. Lipman

    David H. Lipman Flightless Bird

    From: "LVTravel" <none@nothere.com>

    | David, slight correction to your post. While XP will not format a drive
    | larger than 32 GB XP can be installed onto a FAT32 drive that has been
    | formatted by another OS (98 or ME, etc.) or method larger than 32 GB. Just
    | because the OP has a drive of 80 GB does not mean that it is formatted as
    | NTFS. Others have posted the various ways that it can be determined if FAT
    | 32 or NTFS is used.

    That's correct.
    However if the OP has to ASK about FAT vs. NTFS (and not even get the acronym right) then
    the OP would not know how to format the drive with Win9x/ME, FreeDOS, etc.

    You would be EXTREMELY hard pressed to find a system purchased with XP on 80GB using
    FAT32. I don't even think Sony did that with their Vaio crap.

    --
    Dave
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
     
  10. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in message
    news:#n$Bmq05KHA.6052@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > From: "LVTravel" <none@nothere.com>
    >
    > | David, slight correction to your post. While XP will not format a drive
    > | larger than 32 GB XP can be installed onto a FAT32 drive that has been
    > | formatted by another OS (98 or ME, etc.) or method larger than 32 GB.
    > Just
    > | because the OP has a drive of 80 GB does not mean that it is formatted
    > as
    > | NTFS. Others have posted the various ways that it can be determined if
    > FAT
    > | 32 or NTFS is used.
    >
    > That's correct.
    > However if the OP has to ASK about FAT vs. NTFS (and not even get the
    > acronym right) then
    > the OP would not know how to format the drive with Win9x/ME, FreeDOS, etc.
    >
    > You would be EXTREMELY hard pressed to find a system purchased with XP on
    > 80GB using
    > FAT32. I don't even think Sony did that with their Vaio crap.
    >
    > --
    > Dave
    > http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    > Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
    >
    >


    Probably not within the last 3 or 4 years but Sony actually did. The VAIO
    crap that I bought years ago (2.4 GB Pentium, 1 GB RAM,) and is still
    running strong, had a 80 GB drive partitioned C: as 20 GB FAT32 and D : was
    <60GB as FAT32 with DVD-R and CD-RW drives as E: and F:. Didn't take me
    long to change to NTFS but I had to. I have seen older Dells shipped with
    FAT32 drives larger than 40 GB & XP and also have seen many retail boxed
    HDDs formatted as FAT32. Someone who doesn't know about formatting could
    install one of the retail purchased drives and install XP onto it and never
    know the formatting of the drive until they tried to copy a file larger than
    4 GB of course. Granted in the OP's case this probably wasn't what
    happened.
     
  11. catatonic-state@today.com

    catatonic-state@today.com Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 23:08:28 -0400, "LVTravel" <none@nothere.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >
    >"David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in message
    >news:e4vi3ny5KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> From: <catatonic-state@today.com>
    >>
    >> | I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    >> | How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    >> | I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    >> | drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    >> | number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    >> | drives were the same.
    >>
    >>
    >> You mean "FAT32 or NTFS".
    >>
    >> If your hard disk is greater than 32GB then you are using NTFS.
    >>
    >> XP does not provide a way to format drives greater than 32GB using the
    >> FAT32 scheme.
    >>
    >> The drive model has NO bearing on this subject matter except that the
    >> model suggests the
    >> size of the disk.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Dave
    >> http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    >> Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
    >>
    >>

    >
    >David, slight correction to your post. While XP will not format a drive
    >larger than 32 GB XP can be installed onto a FAT32 drive that has been
    >formatted by another OS (98 or ME, etc.) or method larger than 32 GB. Just
    >because the OP has a drive of 80 GB does not mean that it is formatted as
    >NTFS. Others have posted the various ways that it can be determined if FAT
    >32 or NTFS is used.


    You mean that win98 or win-me DID allow bigger than 32 gig drives and
    XP dont? Isnt that sort of backwards? Especially when they now sell
    1000gig drives (I think they call that a trigabyte).

    My drive is a 40gig and I used one method mentioned on here and it has
    NTFS (spelled right this time). I would like to add another 40gig
    drive. I do know how to put in another drive, and probably have to
    change a jumper. But how do I get it to be NTFS? Or, dont it matter
    what I use on a second drive? I'd actually like to get an 80gig or
    bigger drive, but if I cant use more than 32 gigs, whats the point.

    The funny thing is that my 12 year old computer with win98 has 3 hard
    drives with a total of 160 gigs. And I thought XP was supposed to be
    superior.

    By the way. how the heck do I make a shortcut for control panel on
    the desktop with XP? In win98, it was just like making any other
    shortcut, but in XP, the right click mouse dont give that option. Why
    not? So far, XP is much harder to use than win98, and everyone told
    me it was easier. WRONG.
     
  12. David H. Lipman

    David H. Lipman Flightless Bird

    From: <catatonic-state@today.com>

    | You mean that win98 or win-me DID allow bigger than 32 gig drives and
    | XP dont? Isnt that sort of backwards? Especially when they now sell
    | 1000gig drives (I think they call that a trigabyte).

    | My drive is a 40gig and I used one method mentioned on here and it has
    | NTFS (spelled right this time). I would like to add another 40gig
    | drive. I do know how to put in another drive, and probably have to
    | change a jumper. But how do I get it to be NTFS? Or, dont it matter
    | what I use on a second drive? I'd actually like to get an 80gig or
    | bigger drive, but if I cant use more than 32 gigs, whats the point.

    | The funny thing is that my 12 year old computer with win98 has 3 hard
    | drives with a total of 160 gigs. And I thought XP was supposed to be
    | superior.

    | By the way. how the heck do I make a shortcut for control panel on
    | the desktop with XP? In win98, it was just like making any other
    | shortcut, but in XP, the right click mouse dont give that option. Why
    | not? So far, XP is much harder to use than win98, and everyone told
    | me it was easier. WRONG.

    Win9x/ME defaulte to formatting in FAT32 because they were DIS based OS' while XP is a NT
    based OS, WinXP will format a 20GB drive as FAT32 but anything larger than 32GB will be
    formatted as NTFS and you won't see a FAT32 selection available.

    XP is is easy to use, it is just different beacuse it is a NT based OS There were two
    families; Win9x/ME and NT. Now there is only one and that is NT and NT4, Win2K, XP,
    Vista and Windows 7 are in that family.

    As for adding a second drive, you would be hard pressed to find another 40GB hard disk.
    If your system has 40GB then it has some age to it and you have an IDE/EIDE disk
    sub-system and if you wanted to add an internal hard disk you would have to get a IDE/EIDE
    hard disk, Depending upon its age and BIOS its possible that it won't see a hard disak
    >132GB in size.


    You do not NEED a Cotrol Panel icon on the desktop. You can easily get to the Control
    Panel via; Start --> settings --> control panel

    --
    Dave
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
     
  13. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    catatonic-state@today.com wrote:

    > On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 23:08:28 -0400, "LVTravel" <none@nothere.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>
    >>"David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in message
    >>news:e4vi3ny5KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >>>From: <catatonic-state@today.com>
    >>>
    >>>| I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    >>>| How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    >>>| I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    >>>| drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    >>>| number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    >>>| drives were the same.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>You mean "FAT32 or NTFS".
    >>>
    >>>If your hard disk is greater than 32GB then you are using NTFS.
    >>>
    >>>XP does not provide a way to format drives greater than 32GB using the
    >>>FAT32 scheme.
    >>>
    >>>The drive model has NO bearing on this subject matter except that the
    >>>model suggests the
    >>>size of the disk.
    >>>
    >>>--
    >>>Dave
    >>>http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    >>>Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>David, slight correction to your post. While XP will not format a drive
    >>larger than 32 GB XP can be installed onto a FAT32 drive that has been
    >>formatted by another OS (98 or ME, etc.) or method larger than 32 GB. Just
    >>because the OP has a drive of 80 GB does not mean that it is formatted as
    >>NTFS. Others have posted the various ways that it can be determined if FAT
    >>32 or NTFS is used.

    >
    >
    > You mean that win98 or win-me DID allow bigger than 32 gig drives and
    > XP dont? Isnt that sort of backwards? Especially when they now sell
    > 1000gig drives (I think they call that a trigabyte).
    >


    NO, DOS based Windows CAN'T handle NTFS, they HAVE to use FAT32. XP can
    handle any size drive, BUT will NOT create a FAT32 partition greater
    than 32 GIGs by design because NTFS is better for handling large drives.
     
  14. Tim Slattery

    Tim Slattery Flightless Bird

    catatonic-state@today.com wrote:


    >You mean that win98 or win-me DID allow bigger than 32 gig drives and
    >XP dont? Isnt that sort of backwards?


    In Win95/98/ME you couldn't use NTFS. The only choice you had for a
    large partition was NTFS. So yes, those systems allowed you to create
    horribly large FAT32 partitions.

    SP/Vista/Win7 will use a FAT32 partition of any size. But the software
    that comes with the OS will not create a FAT32 partition larger than
    32GB, because NTFS is available and it's a MUCH better choice for huge
    partitions.

    > I would like to add another 40gig
    >drive. I do know how to put in another drive, and probably have to
    >change a jumper. But how do I get it to be NTFS?


    When you start the computer after installing the new drive, it won't
    show up in Windows Explorer. You'll have to start Disk Manager and
    create at least one partition on it. You'll be able to choose which
    file system to use on each partition you create.

    > Or, dont it matter what I use on a second drive?


    No more and no less than on any other partition.


    > I'd actually like to get an 80gig or
    >bigger drive, but if I cant use more than 32 gigs, whats the point.


    Did I miss something? If you're running XP you can use any size disk.
    You'll be FAR better off using NTFS for huge partitions.


    >By the way. how the heck do I make a shortcut for control panel on
    >the desktop with XP?


    Try this: open the Start menu, and find the Control Panel shortcut.
    Right-click it and drag it to the desktop.

    --
    Tim Slattery
    Slattery_T@bls.gov
    http://members.cox.net/slatteryt
     
  15. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Bob I wrote:
    >
    >
    > NO, DOS based Windows CAN'T handle NTFS, they HAVE to use FAT32. XP can
    > handle any size drive, BUT will NOT create a FAT32 partition greater
    > than 32 GIGs by design because NTFS is better for handling large drives.
    >


    There is this package, but maybe I'm not on the same wavelength.

    http://www.free-av.com/en/download/11/avira_ntfs4dos_personal.html

    I gave that a try, and it doesn't support file names properly.
    So if I ran DIR, all I got was 8.3 crap. I couldn't possibly navigate
    anywhere on an NTFS partition with that. If I had a directory listing
    taken from some other environment, to hold in my hand, maybe I could
    do something with it.

    Paul
     
  16. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "catatonic-state@today.com" wrote:

    > On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 23:08:28 -0400, "LVTravel" <none@nothere.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >
    > >"David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in message
    > >news:e4vi3ny5KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > >> From: <catatonic-state@today.com>
    > >>
    > >> | I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > >> | How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    > >> | I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the word
    > >> | drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the drive model
    > >> | number. I never knew there was a diffwerence. I thought all hard
    > >> | drives were the same.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> You mean "FAT32 or NTFS".
    > >>
    > >> If your hard disk is greater than 32GB then you are using NTFS.
    > >>
    > >> XP does not provide a way to format drives greater than 32GB using the
    > >> FAT32 scheme.
    > >>
    > >> The drive model has NO bearing on this subject matter except that the
    > >> model suggests the
    > >> size of the disk.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Dave
    > >> http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    > >> Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
    > >>
    > >>

    > >
    > >David, slight correction to your post. While XP will not format a drive
    > >larger than 32 GB XP can be installed onto a FAT32 drive that has been
    > >formatted by another OS (98 or ME, etc.) or method larger than 32 GB. Just
    > >because the OP has a drive of 80 GB does not mean that it is formatted as
    > >NTFS. Others have posted the various ways that it can be determined if FAT
    > >32 or NTFS is used.

    >
    > You mean that win98 or win-me DID allow bigger than 32 gig drives and
    > XP dont? Isnt that sort of backwards? Especially when they now sell
    > 1000gig drives (I think they call that a trigabyte).
    >
    > My drive is a 40gig and I used one method mentioned on here and it has
    > NTFS (spelled right this time). I would like to add another 40gig
    > drive. I do know how to put in another drive, and probably have to
    > change a jumper. But how do I get it to be NTFS? Or, dont it matter
    > what I use on a second drive? I'd actually like to get an 80gig or
    > bigger drive, but if I cant use more than 32 gigs, whats the point.
    >
    > The funny thing is that my 12 year old computer with win98 has 3 hard
    > drives with a total of 160 gigs. And I thought XP was supposed to be
    > superior.
    >
    > By the way. how the heck do I make a shortcut for control panel on
    > the desktop with XP?



    Cilck Start, Settings, right click Control Panel from the menu, select
    Explore. Control Panel opens, click File, point to Control Panel in menu,
    select Create Shortcut. Windows asks if you would like to place shortcut on
    desktop, click Yes.

    Convoluted, but it works.


    In win98, it was just like making any other
    > shortcut, but in XP, the right click mouse dont give that option. Why
    > not? So far, XP is much harder to use than win98, and everyone told
    > me it was easier. WRONG.
    > .
    >
     
  17. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Nice utility if push comes to shove but you aren't changing the fact
    that MS-DOS Windows can't run off NTFS or even recognize NTFS partitions
    without loading some utility after it's booted.

    Paul wrote:
    > Bob I wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> NO, DOS based Windows CAN'T handle NTFS, they HAVE to use FAT32. XP
    >> can handle any size drive, BUT will NOT create a FAT32 partition
    >> greater than 32 GIGs by design because NTFS is better for handling
    >> large drives.
    >>

    >
    > There is this package, but maybe I'm not on the same wavelength.
    >
    > http://www.free-av.com/en/download/11/avira_ntfs4dos_personal.html
    >
    > I gave that a try, and it doesn't support file names properly.
    > So if I ran DIR, all I got was 8.3 crap. I couldn't possibly navigate
    > anywhere on an NTFS partition with that. If I had a directory listing
    > taken from some other environment, to hold in my hand, maybe I could
    > do something with it.
    >
    > Paul
     
  18. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:hhdht5lu7l1eo2f1arm4gbdjsqvihrp7hp@4ax.com,
    catatonic-state@today.com <catatonic-state@today.com> typed:
    > I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    > How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    > I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the
    > word drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the
    > drive model number. I never knew there was a diffwerence.
    > I thought all hard drives were the same.


    Gads, so many posts and no one has bothered to answer the question. What a
    waste of ego and BW.

    To get a look at all your drives and see what they are in XP, click :
    Start;
    Programs;
    Administrative Tools
    Computer Management
    Disk Management. In disk management it will show you all drives the system
    sees, their file type (NTFS or FATxx) and lots more.

    A quicker way to get there is to click Start; Run and type

    diskmgmt.msc

    in the bos and press OK. That'll bring up the same window.

    There are several other ways to see this same data but this way gives you
    all of them at once.


    HTH,



    Twayne`
     
  19. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:57:27 -0500, catatonic-state@today.com wrote:

    > You mean that win98 or win-me DID allow bigger than 32 gig drives and
    > XP dont?



    No, they both do.


    > Isnt that sort of backwards? Especially when they now sell
    > 1000gig drives (I think they call that a trigabyte).



    No, it's a "terabyte." And a terabyte is not 1000GB, it's 1024GB. All
    the names like this (kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte, petabyte,
    etc.) are 1024 times larger than their predecessor.



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  20. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Twayne wrote:
    > In news:hhdht5lu7l1eo2f1arm4gbdjsqvihrp7hp@4ax.com,
    > catatonic-state@today.com <catatonic-state@today.com> typed:
    >> I was reading the other messages about this on here.
    >> How can I tell if my hard drive is fat32 or ntft?
    >> I went to control panel and somewhere in there it says the
    >> word drives, but all it shows me is what I assume is the
    >> drive model number. I never knew there was a diffwerence.
    >> I thought all hard drives were the same.

    >
    > Gads, so many posts and no one has bothered to answer the question. What a
    > waste of ego and BW.
    >



    Actually, several people provided the OP with multiple routes to obtain
    the information sought. Had you not been looking primarily for
    troll-bait, you'd have noticed.


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