Formatting Secondary drives in XP

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Opus2000, Oct 22, 2002.

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  1. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Ok guys....
    Important update that I put on my tweak guide.
    This pertains to formatting the secondary drive within XP.
    It's important to format them as EXTENDED partitions and NOT PRIMARY!!!
    If you format them as Primary you take the chance of XP mistakingly seeing it as an OS drive and corrupting the data. You will only see the drive as an 8MB partition with the rest unallocated in any way! Ouch!
    So, format secondary drives as Extended and then make them a logical drive!
    Please back up all data on your drives if you currently have done this and then reformat them to save yourself grief in the distant future!
    Opus :D
  2. fabrice

    fabrice Guest


    great tip there; cheers :tu:

    your advice on 1 or 2 thing:

    in drive Properties, should i have the compress drive to save disc space and allow indexing service checked or not?
    would it be the same choice for the Audio drive and the OS drive?

    and the OS drive partition, should it be FAT32 or NTFS?

    my system: XP pro, intelD850EMV2, P4 2.4, 512RAM, quantum fireball 30GB (C: system on FAT32 with 10Gb, D: multimedia on NTFS with 18GB) and seagate barracuda 80GB (E: nuendo projects)

  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Hey Fabrice
    No, don't use compression on your need for that in any way.
    Do disable the indexing as that will help speed things up. It's in my tweak guide to do this!
    I recommend NTFS as it's safer for file security and the table allocation. Plus with NTFS if you accidently format a drive you can recover it with a program called Restorer2000Pro!
    Disable Indexing on all drives.
  4. fabrice

    fabrice Guest

    you're right,
    i didn't read it properly.

    thanx for replying anyway.
    have one on me! :c:
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