Is it possible to access a slave hard disk formatted FAT32 within an XP Home system (NTFS)( I need to recover data from a FAT32 drive). Explorer recognises the drive but declares it to be unformatted. The drive contains a W98 R1 system and data. I have tried CONVERT.EXE from the command prompt with the response "can't convert RAW format to NTFS". This is odd as the MS site suggests that it is possible to convert any FAT volume as long as it is not mounted. Maybe the fact that it is bootable is confusing something. Internet searches suggest that XP Home will only support NTFS but someone might know better!
An alternative is to boot from the W98 drive and write the data to CD (W98 can't see NTFS) but that means a lot more fiddling and a lot of CD's.
I have HDD0 C=NTFS (WinXP), D=FATS32 and HDD1 G=FATS32 (old Win98SE), H=FATS32 and I=FATS32 and have no problems copy data between them, E and F are DVD and CDRW. HDD0 is the master and HDD1 is the slave.
In the event that XP goes down I would boot Win98SE (removing the XP disk) after making it the master.
When I first set this up I did get Event Viewer errors 5 and 11 but a couple of safe boots cleared it.
I'm XP home. Originally had 98SE on C and data on D. I formatted C to FAT32 but at the start of installing XP decided to go the NTFS route, i.e. reformat again.
During the installation the other drive was empty. It was only once I got M/S XP downloads up to date that I installed the slave drive. If I remember correctly, I received the "Win has found new hard...." message and installed the new drive with 3 FAT32 partitions.
Why not try booting the XP drive on its own, closing down and switching off, then insert the other drive and see what happens. It took me a couple of boots in safe mode to get rid of the errors.
When I was getting the Event 5/11 errors (it's all coming back to me now, I also had "Unmountable Boot Vol" errors). I alternately booted XP and 98SE as masters keeping the BIOS as HDD0. Then I put the second drive in as slave and everything worked fine. I now have a good alternative OS (not dual boot) and 2 other partitions for data/copies.
Try these combinations, I'm sure you'll get there.