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Old 07-07-2006, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yes im going through a hard drive crash and trying to recover my data. The causes to the crash are unknown. Im running a p4 2ghz with windows xp and I tried slaving my hard drive to a friend PC which is slightly older and running windows me.
His OS didnt find my hard drive and I double checked all jumper and cable connections. The hard drive doesnt seem to have any irregular revolutions or suspicious noises.

My question is can a older computer system running windows me fat32 read the drive of a newer system running XP and fully updated?
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No. The XP install is running the NTFS file system which FAT32 systems can not read. So putting the drive in a Windows ME computer will do you no good since it cant recognize the NTFS file system.
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that is of course assuming that XP was installed using NTFS but this is most likely.
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If the system came pre-installed with XP then it is NTFS.

With pre-installed systems they dont use the FAT32 file system.
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use a bart pe cd to copy the files over on the win me machine. it will convert the files to fat32 automatically
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yea. you cant use ntfs on fat32. your gonna have to either get a ntfs reader prog(which dont work that well) or find a nice buddy willing enough to lend his hand and let u put ur hdd in is pc and copy the files, and burn em to a dvd, or cd's or memory stick/whatever. but ntfs dont work with me/98/95/3.1/dos/etc..... note if you have xp installed on fat32, you can still access ntfs perfectly. the main differences between ntfs/fat32 is fat32 is based off of the origional storage structure, and ntfs is reorganized for faster access with compression support, unlike fat32, so a operating system that dont have support for ntfs wont run it even tho the bios detects it.
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