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How to tell if a pc game need FAT32 or NFST formatted extern

January 11, 2013 at 15:37:57
Specs: Windows 8, 4GB

I just bought an Acer Iconia W700 Tablet and a WD My Passport external Portable HD. I want to use the HD as backup and as an extention to my internal 64GB HD to play games, use Microsoft Office, etc.. The HDD comes formatted as NFST, the games I want to install and play are older. Can I format in 2 partitions and leave it as NFST, or do I need to format 1 as NFST and 1 as FAT32? Acer has 4GB of RAM and Windows 8. Thank you! Oh, and if I should do this, how do I do it? Thanks again!

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#1
January 11, 2013 at 15:43:16

Think you mean NTFS, not NFST. First, what "old game" do you refer to.

It's more likely you'd have problems getting the game to run under Win8 than what file-system it's installed on.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
January 11, 2013 at 16:37:14

looking to play Abe's Odd world, Grim Fandango, Zuma and Dungeon Keeper 1 and 2. And was afraid of that. Had to buy an "old" pc (paid $1.25) for a win 95 to play a few other games I have and just trashed TONS of games from (yes...I AM old) DOS that were on floppy. I guess I am just SOL as they say. Unless you have some ideas... Thanks!

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#3
January 11, 2013 at 16:53:19

Not sure what Virtual Machine software exists for Win8 (still using Win7 and older machines/OS's), but that would be the most likely way to handle anything from the DOS era. DOSBox would be my suggestion if it's just games you want, but there's nothing on their site about working under Win8:

http://www.dosbox.com/

but there is this thread here:

http://vogons.zetafleet.com/viewtop...

and this from MS:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...

And as far as being old, I just turned 53 this week and cut my "PC-teeth" about 1989...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
January 11, 2013 at 17:33:54

LOL I just hit 55.. and LOVED DOS... ahh well.. we all have to go with the changes of time.. I will check out that site.. thank you
Seems the problem is that they release the new operating systems with out a clue. I had an issue with my mom's tablet (she just turned 80!) she locked herself out in 2 hours of set-up Microsof and Acer had no idea how to help. Took 2 weeks and 3 tech's before I was able to access it for her. Set up an Administrator account and now she can't screw it up!! LOL..

Anyway, they release these new operating systems and no way to use the items (printer, monitor, camera,games, etc. ) that you have.Then you buy new and that doesn't work with the NEW new op system that comes out.. and the circle goes on..

I have a win 95, win vista, win 7 and now my tablet has win 8 and I can't use anything on all of them. (oh and I can't forget my Kindle and Kindle Fire HD) and XP at work. Not one will play the games I have.


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#5
January 11, 2013 at 20:14:18

"Seems the problem is that they release the new operating systems with out a clue."

I wouldn't necessarily say "without a clue", but some of them seem a lot more "ready for prime time" upon their release. Others tend to work well after a service-pack or four. Nonetheless, I've been quite fortunate in picking the "good ones" (IMHO---DOS 3.3/5/6.22, Win 3.11/WfWG 3.11, Win95C, 98SE, 2K, XP SP2, Win7) and avoiding the "bad ones" (98, ME, Vista). Win7 was exceptional for me in that I usually waited until the verdict was in on an OS before I made the plunge. Probably had Win7 less than a couple weeks after it was released. It works well on my newest-old machine, and after cutting out the fat, is almost as fast as XP was (which at the time--I didn't think possible). I think the jury is still out on Win8, and I've not been too impressed with what I've read so far. Irregardless, there doesn't seem to be anything in it which would make me want to upgrade to it----which would require a hardware upgrade as well; something I couldn't possibly afford (money or space-wise) at the moment...

"Anyway, they release these new operating systems and no way to use the items (printer, monitor, camera,games, etc. ) that you have."

One of the reasons I still have so much "old-iron" still running...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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