Reformat network attached hardrive to fat

  andy625 10:15 25 May 2006

I have a Freecom network attached storage 160gb hardrive attached to my router that can be accessed from any pc on my home network. I want to access it from a pocket pc, but to do that it needs to be formatted in fat rather than ntfs.

Will there be a problem seeing all of the 160gb disk from xp or windows 2000 if I reformat it in fat32 using the computer management - disk management tool?

  andy625 13:29 25 May 2006


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:53 25 May 2006

You must have XP SP2 installed to see above 127G on a FAT32 HDD
ammend the registry
Shows 127G not 160G or Higher
In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
# Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.
# From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
# Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.
# Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
# Close the registry editor.
# Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

  andy625 14:00 25 May 2006

Thanks Fruit Bat. We have one machine with XP sp2, so that will be ok. Will the registry edit work on w2000?

I use the drive as a general backup, and also to store music which I stream to the pc's. Do you think changing it to Fat32 would affect the reliability of the setup? It seems to work ok at the mo...

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