Why so much space?

olrac

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I just did a clean install of Windows 98SE and then immediately upgraded to Windows 2000 Professional. Its great but why does it take up so much space on the hard drive? I left the partions as fat32.
 

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<font color=green>"I just did a clean install of Windows 98SE and then immediately upgraded to Windows 2000 Professional. Its great but why does it take up so much space on the hard drive? I left the partions as fat32."</font color=green>
How much?
 

olrac

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Well, with all my programs installed on Win98SE I used about 2 gigs of hardrive space. With the same programs installed in W2K I'm just over 3 gigs. Its no big deal, I have a 20 gig drive partioned in 2 ten gigs but I was just wondering. If I install it as a NTSF file system will I still be able to access files that I saved from Win98 when I was running fat 32? Will the programs work the same and files such as pictures and music when they were saved on a fat 32 file system?
 

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Yes. So long as you are in Win2k you can still access any file that was there before the conversion. Most all apps will work the same. You don't need to reinstall to convert it to ntfs, just drop to a dos prompt and type
convert c: /fs:ntfs
and restart. The only plus is the increased security and file permissions imho. There's no difference in speed.
 

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Re: > “<font color=green>The only plus is the increased security and file permissions imho.</font color=green>”

And the option to compress data. This NTFS feature reduces disk-storage requirements and it’s convenient because you do nothing special in order to get access to your compressed data, no unzip or decompress required.
 

flamethrower205

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Actually, I find there was a significant speed increase going from fat32 to NTFS. Under fat32, my HDD was ultraDMA and all, but performed only slightly better than NTFS when my HDD was in PIO mode. Imagine what NTFS w/ UDMA is liek now!

U got a problem?! Then dial 1800-328-7448!
 

jasen

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<shrug>Didn't feel a thing personally. I went from fat32 to ntfs on both a pentium 200/PIO4 HD and an Athlon 1.4/ata100 HD, and in both instances couldn't tell a real world difference in every day tasks. I didn't benchmark either though so who really knows. What's most important to me though, is how fast the computer actually "feels."
 

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its not a "visible" windows setting.

i use X-teq. its one of those win2k tweak programs that lets you set all your hidden settings.


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