After buying and installing a bigger hard drive i do not know which to go for.My old 30g hard drive was cloned onto my new 120g drive as a 30g partition,i switched the drives around and checked that everything was working,formated old drive and this is now spare storage.New drive partition 1 with operating system is fat32 the rest is ntfs.The problem is i have upgraded from 98se to xp if i have to do a reinstall how would i go about it.Paddy
Do not convert C: to NTFS. If ever you need to reinstall XP you are up the creek. As your XP is an upgrade from 98 you will need to have a previous version of Windows on the PC for the upgrade to work. Win9x and DOS cannot be seen by NTFS. You will not be able to reinstall 98 into a NTFS partition to allow a subsequent reinstall of the XP ugrade version
By all means convert a subsequent partition to NTFS if you don't want the 2Gb file size limit of FAT32, but if it is a home computer and you are the only one using it the greater security of the NTFS file system is probably not necessary and in the longer run has huge potential to give you grief.
Of course you will be able to reinstall, I've done it many times. Just reformat the drive back to fat32, if you have to put an earlier version of Windows back first. But there is no need to do this anyway. During any reinstallation of XP all you need do is insert the qualifying media (previous Windows disc) when asked.
Go ahead and convert. Its a far better file system. Just open a command prompt and type
convert c: /fs:ntfs
You will be told that it cannot be done because the volume is in use. Choose to convert at the next restart. You will also need to know the volume name to insert when asked. Answer yes (y) to any other questions.