New laptop using Fat32 Why?

  geewis357 22:32 19 Jan 2005

Hi folks,

I have been provided with a brand new Acer Travel Mate 2700 and the spec is absolutly Ace (pardon the pun) but upon closer inspection I find its using Fat32 rather than NTFS, I know I can convert to Ntfs with no probs and I would have to format and re install back to Fat32

What should I do?
OS = XP Pro

  Jeffers22 23:17 19 Jan 2005

Leave it as FAT32 unless you have a pressing need for the things that NTFS can do such as deal with muti-gigabyte files. I have never seen the need for NTFS for most uses and users, it just makes it harder to recover from a disaster. If you are on a corporate LAN all the time it would possibly be a different story because of the extra security of the file system, but by the same token you would have people dedicated to support when things go pear shaped.

  geewis357 23:26 19 Jan 2005

Thanks Jeffers22
but with studying at uni I will soon be contenplating networking and using ntfs permitions, also networking at home with my desktop using ntfs is causing probs

  User-312386 23:28 19 Jan 2005

If you want to convert to NTFS. Look below

Click start RUN

Now type "cmd" (without the quotes)

Now type VOL C:

You will now see the disc serial number, make a note of this


Now the computer will ask for that serial and ask 2 questions to be answered yes.

Windows will then re-boot and take a few minutes to clean up. DO NOT touch the mouse or keyboard in that time.

No files will be lost.

  geewis357 23:33 19 Jan 2005

All that is appreciated and welcomed but my firsed question was should I do, change or not

  GaT7 23:35 19 Jan 2005

Have to enquired with the retailer from where you bought the laptop? If that's not possible, enquire with the person/organisation who provided you with the laptop. Or if that's not a possibility either, ask Acer directly click here, who should be able to enlighten you. They have a Tech support contact number, 0870 853 1000, or you could opt for email contact. G

  geewis357 23:40 19 Jan 2005

Hi Crossbow 7
I should have though of that my self, Thats what I shall do tomorrow

With thanks

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