I'm on a one-user machine using XP sp2. I seem to have made a few booboos and I want to wipe the C drive and start afresh with a brand new install. Trouble is that there's no fdisk on XP, only format. The format works on the F drive but drive C refuses to be reformatted.
How can I tackle this problem?
Posted: September 29th, 2008, 4:16am
Your WinXP install disk will give you this option. Start with the install cd and follow the instructions.
If you have a diskette drive on the computer, you can make a boot diskette and use it. A boot diskette has fdisk on it. I would think that the Windows CD has the ability to repartition even though the fdisk file is not there.
Fdisk comes with MSDOS. If you get a boot disk with MSDOS on it, it should have fdisk. I think that the WinRescue boot diskette has fdisk on it. I would think that they all are pre-Windows XP since Windows XP does not use MSDOS. You do want to make sure that it is in a newer (by newer I mean around the time of WinME) version that does FAT32.
An XP partition can be formatted in FAT32. It does not cause any problems with WinXP. There are advantages and disadvantages to formatting in NTFS. There is no reason to say "NEVER EVER format an XP partition with FAT32".
XP is based on NT systems, the format used by NT is NTFS.
There are NO disadvantages to using the file system designed for NT systems (XP)
The ONLY reason that XP allows for FAT32 is due to the fact that upgrading to XP from one of the earlier systems (95, 98, ME) is that the Upgrade XP install does not offer the option to format with NTFS.
NTFS is far more efficient file system and allows NT operating systems to be not limited to the file restrictions of FAT32.
I guess you know far more than I do. The big disadvantage that I do not like about NTFS is that it cannot be accessed from DOS which gives you far fewer restore options. I run my main computer with WinXP on a FAT32 partition specifically for that reason. I have had no problems with FAT32. It runs just as good as my test computer that has NTFS. But then what do I know. Actually many XP computers come with a FAT32 partition for restore purposes. Of course, they are probably wrong too because they should "NEVER EVER format an XP partition with FAT32". They also probably did not know that there are no disadvantages to NTFS or they would have formatted all of the drives in NTFS.