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    Going from Fat32 to NTFS

    I know, I know.

    I hate the thought of this being the year 2007 and still using FAT32!!!!

    I have created an test image under NTFS file format. I am planning on impleting it tomorrow in a classroom enviroment. I am curious as to if anyone has run in MAJOR issues when going from fat32 to ntfs, be it software wise, or even security wise. I have asked the other techs that are around my area and no one has even bothered to try ntfs, so I am getting little to no support there. I would like any and all input, be it good or bad.

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    Re: Going from Fat32 to NTFS

    What NTFS is part of life now, just get it slapped on, i don't know why on earth MS allowed FAT to carry on being allowed on XP it was very silly of them.

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    Re: Going from Fat32 to NTFS

    The convertfs tool works fine without breaking anything whenever I've used it. The only issue is with badly written software expecting to be able to write to the Windows directory or its program directory. With limited users and NTFS file permissions they can't do this any more.

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    Re: Going from Fat32 to NTFS

    I have been using the test image for a few days now, but it wont really be put through the grinder, untill i have the little *angels* using the computer in the classroom. I converted using this command in dos: CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS

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    Re: Going from Fat32 to NTFS

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    The convertfs tool works fine without breaking anything whenever I've used it. The only issue is with badly written software expecting to be able to write to the Windows directory or its program directory. With limited users and NTFS file permissions they can't do this any more.
    Don't know about you, but we have *lots* of software which wants to write to windows folder, treats c:\windows\temp as its own temp folder etc. so it took quite a bit of tinkering with permissions to get it all working.

    I never realised that anyone would actually use FAT32 in a "live" environment - it's so flaky that things must always be going wrong (and the fact that you can't protect key files means that the little darlings could just delete most of program files and windows without anything to stop them!)

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    Re: Going from Fat32 to NTFS

    Most progrmas I ahve come accross tend to let you specify the temp directory in an INI file or reg entry. Im sure there are plenty of exceptions to that though :P .

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