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    NTFS question

    I was just wondering why is windows 98 not able to support the NTFS file system ? Is there anything close to it which could be used for windows 98 ? Ex. a program which might allow you to emalute the NTFS file system [ data access control , ownership privileges, encryption etc ] ??

    I know it might seem like a dumb question but this just hit my mind at the present moment.
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    Closest thing I can help with is NTFS-DOS... that allows you to "mount" and access a NTFSdrive... but you cant have the benifits of NTFS in a non-NT based os...
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    Unfortunately the answer is "no"

    Win9x/ME are Microsoft domestic OSes and are designed for stand alone systems. NTFS belongs to the "commercial" OSes.

    The closest you can get is third party software to address the various issues. I think you would need some very compelling reasons to go along that route, rather than change your OS?

    Just my thoughts

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    Yep like said above, third party software able to read from NTFS partitions is available, but changing to a 'new technology' based OS wouldn't be a bad idea

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    I switched my XP machine to NTFS from FAT32 and promptly lost my floppy disc capability, so keep that in mind. I removed the driver and reloaded it several times and still no effect. All I get is a box saying the floppy disc is not formatted and do I want to format. If I put in an empty disc and click yes, it tells me it can't format.

    Why do I still use a floppy? Most of the places I deal with want the work on floppy disc. Fortunately it's also saved to CD. Just something to consider before switching from FAT to NTFS. I gather from checking various Windows forums that I'm not the only one this has happened to.

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    Actually I was just really curious to know, but I guess that I was asking for too much.

    But thanks for the great info.
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    NTFS works with Windows 2000 and above but windows 98 only sees FAT32 and below. FAT32 cannot read NTFS but NTFS can read FAT32. There may be some 3rd party tools out there that can read it but I dont know of them right now.

    FAT32 works of the technology of tracks and sectors, but when NTFS came about it did away with even understanding tracks and sectors, thus making it more fault tolerant.

    The best way to get your system to run both, partition the drive to give space for a new OS and drop Windows 2000 CD in and format that new partition NTFS and install 2000 now you are set for both FAT and NTFS.
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    Originally posted here by Chuck56
    I switched my XP machine to NTFS from FAT32 and promptly lost my floppy disc capability, so keep that in mind. I removed the driver and reloaded it several times and still no effect. All I get is a box saying the floppy disc is not formatted and do I want to format. If I put in an empty disc and click yes, it tells me it can't format.

    Why do I still use a floppy? Most of the places I deal with want the work on floppy disc. Fortunately it's also saved to CD. Just something to consider before switching from FAT to NTFS. I gather from checking various Windows forums that I'm not the only one this has happened to.
    I'm not entirely sure this makes sense as the floppy disc file system does not, and will never use NTFS.
    I have a seven year old floppy disk (created with MS/DOS - no type of Windows whatsover!), which can still be read by my WinXP system which is using NTFS for its hard drives.

    Perhaps your floppy is getting rather old - like any magnetic media, as the information stored on it can get corrupted with time.

    I'm sure this isn't a driver problem as almost everything uses the default MS driver.

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    I'm sure this isn't a driver problem as almost everything uses the default MS driver.
    Actually it is most likely:

    1. Drive needs cleaning
    2. Driver problem

    This is not an NTFS issue, it is an XP issue, and some older devices just don't work for some reason? I would try a new drive.......they are not expensive

    Don't floppies use something like FAT12?..........somewhere I have the software to create an NTFS floppy..........problem is it uses about 700k in the format

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