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Old 02-28-2003, 11:08 AM   #1
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LILO and updating after changing Filesystem type

hi all!

I know this another lame question by me but its annoying me...

I use used lilo to boot into one of two choices of OS, winxp and linux itself. Each OS is on a different drive.

I also had a third drive which had a NTFS file system.

However recently I formatted the third drive, from NTFS to win98 with FAT32 filesystem. (I am a sucker for old games)

Problem is both lilo and mandrake control centre HD section, still show my other drive as NTFS not fat32.

I am not sure how to update the setting so LILO shows the correct setting for my win98 system and also Mandrake itself can access the drive..

Sorry for thr lameless of this question it just I dont wnat to muck up especially in the mandrake control centre section for HD. As I already have data now on my win98 drive.

Thanks in advance

Old 02-28-2003, 07:56 PM   #2
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you "should" be able to just go in and edit /etc/fstab, changing the filesystem type, then remount the drive or reboot. you might want to ask someone who knows a bit more than me though
Old 03-02-2003, 12:31 AM   #3
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Below is a line from my fstab if you want an example

/dev/hda1 /mnt/C vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0

/dev/hda1 is my hard drive
/mnt/C is my mounting point. You can put whatever you like here. Usually you put your mounted drives under /mnt
vfat is what kind of filesystem that the drive or partition is using
iocharset=iso8859-1 this is optional but useful if some files need it. It tells linux what conversion characters is compatible with windows.
codepage=850 this is also optional and it is the same thing as iocharset.

I don't know anything about umask because I haven't look it up.

If you want Mandrake to automatically detect your FAT32 partitions. You can comment out the line in your fstab for old NTFS partition. Then reboot. Your drive won't be mounted but Mandrake will try to look at the drive and detect what filesystem it is. I think Mandrake is thinking that it is still NTFS because it looks at your fstab and mtab files.

What program did you use to convert the NTFS to FAT32. NTFS is hard to convert using traditional programs like format. You have to use Partition Magic to convert it or something similar.

For Win98, if you want more speed and stablity go to and install either sleek or micro. Both will give you more stablity and speed. Also go to and download memzip. A very good program to get rid of memory leaks.[

Do you know that Windows XP can run old programs. You need to run the compatiblity wizard.
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it m,ay be that you're fat table still has fs codes for ntfs in it, despite it acutally being fat32. just use cfdisk or something to manually change the listed partition type. it will not affect the partition itself at all.
Old 03-08-2003, 02:51 PM   #5
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Hi all!

Thank you for the suggestions. I apoligse for not following up on this earlier but I have been real busy. But thanks to everyone that posted. Its what makes this board great!

Unfortunatley win98 screwed itself up and I had to reinstall it so this gave me the chance to format the drive to Fat32 using mandrake. I presume this will make my problem go away.

If not Ill try the suggestions mentions

Thanks once again



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