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1.16. Windows 9x can't see NTFS volumes on a dual-boot system

Although Windows 2000 now supports FAT32, something Windows NT did not do, Windows 9x systems don't natively support NTFS. This means that on systems that dual-boot Windows 9x and Windows 2000, the Windows 9x OS can't see any NTFS volumes. In many dual-boot situations it is very useful for both operating systems to see all available volumes. There are two ways to approach the problem: revert from NTFS to FAT32 or install a third-party NTFS driver for Windows 9x.

1.16.1. Converting to FAT32

Although Windows 2000 provides a utility to convert from FAT/FAT32 (hereafter referred to simply as FAT) volumes to NTFS, there is no corresponding utility to migrate from NTFS back to FAT. It is possible, although the conversion is somewhat cumbersome and time-consuming. If you don't need the security or other benefits offered by NTFS (such as mounted volumes, encryption, recoverability, etc.), spending a little time to convert to FAT could be a solution for you. You might even see a minor improvement in performance, since NTFS imposes more overhead than FAT.


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