Partitioning and FDisking

Asustek computer inc. / P4S800MX
March 22, 2009 at 04:13:42
Specs: WinXP Pro, 2.2Ghz; 1Gb
[Why is it ?]/[what can be done about ?] that Casper5 can clone to a HDD that has been FDisked, but not to that same disk if it has only been partitioned by WinXP as a Basic Drive through Control Panel; Administrative Tools; Computer Management; Storage - Disk Management; right-click the drive - Delete Partition; right-click the Unallocated drive - New Partition; select Primary; assign a drive letter; Format.

Basty


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#1
March 22, 2009 at 04:25:00
Just a guess that the reason is Fdisk formats into FAT32, and
XP formats into NTFS file system, except XP formats a floppy disk into FAT32.

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
Overview of FAT, HPFS, and NTFS File Systems


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#2
March 22, 2009 at 04:43:17
That is interesting, but considering the fact that Casper5 will clone equally easily over Fat32 as NTFS, it should not make THE difference.

Basty


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#3
March 22, 2009 at 06:34:43
I'm not familiar with Casper5, but have you contacted their Support and asked them this question. If anyone would know, they would.

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#4
March 22, 2009 at 07:19:47
>> xcept XP formats a floppy disk into FAT32 <<

Actually XP formats a floppy into FAT12. It will also format a hard disk in FAT32 if you tell it to.

Stuart


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#5
March 22, 2009 at 08:04:00
If a partition is larger than 32gb, XP uses NTFS partitioning - you don't have any other choice.
The reason for that is Microsoft deliberately did that because it considers using FAT32 for a partition larger than that more wasteful of disk space regarding the slack space that can't be used to store data, but if most of your files on a partition are large, there is little difference between using FAT32 and NTFS partitioning regarding slack space used up.
If you want to use FAT32 partitioning for a partion larger than 32gb, you have to use ME's Fdisk, or 98SE's or 98's updated Fdisk (the original version has bugs - it can't partition a partition larger than 64gb), or a freeeware Dos's Fdisk, or some third party program such as a free hard drive manufacturer's disk preparation program - XP will recognize that FAT32 partition fine.
If a partition is smaller than 32gb, in XP, you have the choice of FAT32 or NTFS partitioning.
If it's 2.1 gb or smaller, you have the choice of FAT32 or FAT partitioning.
It's not recommended for you to use NTFS partitioning for any partition 4gb or smaller on anything.

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#6
March 22, 2009 at 10:01:05
Sebastian42, a good cloning program should clone to any disk including a blank one. I would suggest that you switch to something better like Acronis or Ghost.

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#7
March 23, 2009 at 03:31:59
Aegis
I had the same result with Ghost. Apart from this 'hiccup' I find
Casper5 quite adequate.

So ComputingNET knows no way to make WinXP partitioning as effective as FDisking ?

Basty


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#8
March 31, 2009 at 23:17:45
I did contact Casper and they asked me to send a log. Just looking at the log myself was quite instructive.

I have since managed to clone with Casper5 to a HDD partitioned in WinXP. It took a very long time. And once again since then.
So in principle, WinXP partitioning is satisfactory.

The unsuccessful and then two successful attempts were made on HDDs of decreasing size (and also less content on them).

However, those sizes are VERY small by current standards.

Basty


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