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Old 10-26-2005, 09:08 AM   #1
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Windows won't recognize fat32 partition


I have a dual boot Win2K and ubuntu system. Needed a new hard drive so ubuntu is on the new drive (sda) and Windows is on old drive (hda).

There are fat32 partitions on both drives.

Linux can read/write to both fat partitions, but Windows wants to format them!!! How do I get Windows to recognize those partitions?
 
Old 10-26-2005, 09:24 AM   #2
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That's strange, in the times long ago where I used Windows from 3.1 way up to XP, I was using Fat32 drives..

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Old 10-26-2005, 10:10 AM   #3
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Last resort:

Were the partitions originally formatted by Linux? If so maybe you should format them in windows then remount with your distro.

First backup your fat32 partitions.
 
Old 10-26-2005, 12:45 PM   #4
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I hope I don't have to do that. They're 300GB and 175GB partitions!
 
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So were they formatted with linux or windows?
 
Old 10-26-2005, 02:31 PM   #6
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Linux!!
 
Old 10-26-2005, 07:38 PM   #7
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Now Windows won't complete the format procedure!! What now?
 
Old 10-27-2005, 09:54 AM   #8
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Problem solved

Here's the long and short of it, for anyone who runs into the same problem.

WinXP and Win2K won't format FAT partitions over 32GB. MS wants to use NTFS for larger partitions. Not helpful to me, since writing to NTFS in Linux is questionable.

I had a fresh install of Win2K, so I needed to enable large file size support (fastfat.sys). I got it off the Western Digital site as part of an installation disk for my hard drive. I was able to keep all the stuff on my 175GB partition for that.

I have a 300GB drive that I was using as storage for my home videos and stuff. After backing it up, I had formatted it and wiped off the data. I tried vfat on that again, but Windoze wouldn't recognize it. Partition utilities in Windows would only format it as NTFS. So I did a search and found fs-driver.org. Format the drive as ext3 and all is well.
 
  


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