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NTFS & FAT partitions on same hard disk?

By vdanl ·
After installing NT and converting the primary partition to NTFS, I'm now having problems installing various hardware (i.e. ORB Drive, OnStream digital tape), because of having the file system as NTFS. Is it possible to create a new partition as FAT, and install the necessary software on this partition. Or will this not work because the drives are recognized during the boot process, from the NTFS partition? To get these drives to work, will I need to re-format & re-install NT on FAT?

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by joeri In reply to NTFS & FAT partitions on ...

The fact that a hardware device works properly on your system, has nothing to do with the file system that is being used.
In order to make a hardware device working properly, you need a driver for it THAT WORKS WITH THE OPERATING SYSTEM YOU HAVE.
So what you have to do, is search on the website of the hardware's vendor (or on other websites where you can find drivers) for a driver for your device that works under NT.

If you encounter problems (like you mentionned) installing devices, then this is caused by the fact that the driver doesn't work under NT.

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by Gonzo2 In reply to NTFS & FAT partitions on ...

Convert the master primary partition to FAT using Partition Magic. This will preserve all content on the primary and allow DOS based utilities a chance to install. The boot partiton should be DOS based to allow (mostly) DOS utilities to get control of the disk if there is a problem. Keep NTFS for secure (data) partitions.

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