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starting win 2000 on an old packaard bell

April 26, 2012 at 12:10:12
Specs: Windows 2000, Intel 760 640
My old packard bell machine runs win millennium but will not run win.2000. But the win 2K runs OK on my other old compaq machine. Both 486's. But when I try the HD with the win 2K on into the Mill. one its not seen. I notice however that the win 2K HD is nfts formatted. The millennium disk I start the other Packard Bell with is FAT Could this be the reason. I have asked on the forum before about updating the BIOS but that idea was not popular.
As I have backup HD with the win 2000 on all nfts is there a way I could clone them onto a FAT disk.
any ideas please.

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April 26, 2012 at 12:25:35
Millenium edition used the Fat32 files system, which cannot read NTFS. That is why it is not recognized. If your system was XP which uses NTFS the hard drive with win 2k would show up. Ntfs can read NTFS and Fat32, but not the other way around. I know you can convert fat32 to ntfs, but I am not sure you can convert backward without destroying your data. If it is just data you need, put the win2k drive in a newer computer using ntfs and copy off your files.

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May 4, 2012 at 05:45:50
Thank you. "But" My Hard Drives boot and runs on my old Compaq desktop EN small form. Pent.3 X86 based computer Intel family 6 processor Bios 686P2 V1 1.3 In fact I changed all the hard drives with my W2000 to ntfs on this machine. (Mistake)
The Packard Bell is also a X86 based computer with a celeron 762 chip with a bios 6WMM7 V3.OC. So I would have thought it would see the ntfs files, but No it doesn't. Hence my original question if anyone knew where to get a later bios.
Been racking my poor brain for a long time and getting nowhere, any more ideas please.

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May 4, 2012 at 18:42:19
The BIOS doesn't care about file systems, so updating it won't change anything with regards to the file system.

If I'm reading what you're trying to do correctly, you're trying to boot the hard drive from one computer in another. This will usually not work with Windows 2000 and newer, as they typically use specific chipset drivers to access the hard drive. You would have to boot from the Windows 2000 install disc and "repair" the installation to get it to boot in a different computer.

As for backing up the data, there are many tools out there that can read NTFS file systems from Windows 9x/Me, if that's all you want to do.

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May 5, 2012 at 11:31:54
Thanks that sorts the bios question, I thought in the old days I had to alter the bios so a machine I then had could cope with bigger HD's. never mind.
I take your point about win 2000 not booting on another machine I must have had an exception at the time because all my cloned drives have worked between my old compaq's or maybe its because they were the same make and about the same age.
No as I said I converted all my rives to ntfs on the desktop en, but now this Packard Bell only seems to read fat32, so I was wanting to clone one back to fat32. As I no longer have the original install disk.
Thanks for your time.

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