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    Glad that worked Kevin! From my experience, you most likely did NOT transfer the problem to the new location, but you may have a couple problems here and there. Not like the old location where it crashed every time however.

    I have to admit I'm disheartened to hear of this happening in WXP Pro. My problems like this were in W2K and I upgraded hoping that I'd get rid of them. Unfortunately, I never figured out exactly what caused the problems. It always seemed to happen after along day of working in PS7 with my scanner and/or printer (and Graphire tablet of course.) The last time it happened, it appeared to trash the partition info of my main drive, i.e. I couldn't install Windows over itself b/c the boot CD didn't recognize the C: partition. I could boot Windows and it would recognize it just fine though. I sure hope I don't run into that situation again. I didn't lose any data - just lots and lots of time trying to figure out what the heck was going on!

    Jeanie

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    Unfortunately Jeanie, what we are dealing with in Win XP is Win NT version 6. Microsoft has tried to convince everyone that NTFS is a better file system. I have found the oposite to be true. Most of the users I support at work are running Win NT 4.0. For a long time we ran NT on a FAT partition so we could maintain compatibility with some of our legacy systems. About 6 months ago we were forced to move to NTFS and service pack 6. Now we fight Windows file corruptions all the time which usually require reloads. We never had these problems under the FAT partitions. These things are not supposed to happen with NTFS, at least according to Microsoft. We are rolling out XP this month, I don't look forward to dealing with it.

    ugot2bkdng, I have learned to remove the tablet when I am not using it in Photoshop. It really causes problems with my Microsoft 4 button mouse, which I can't surf without. Guess I am spoiled.

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    • #3
      Getting rid of those folders didn't help at all. Guess I will limp along until I do the hardware upgrades.

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      • #4
        Hey Kevin,

        that stinks about losing you're downloads folder. could you have possibly been pressing down the shift key when you accidentally deleted the folder? if so, that deletes the files/folders without sending them to the recycle bin first, which may have been what happened. I'm not a fan of NTFS either. when I got my computer, WinXP was loaded on an NTFS partition, and I had all kinds of problems which may have been related. when I installed Linux, I did a reformat and reinstall of windows on FAT32 partitions, since Linux can't write to NTFS ones. When I put in a second 40 Gig drive, I formatted those partitions with FAT 32 also, and since then I haven't had any of the problems I had when I was using NTFS and it's been very reliable.

        - David

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        • #5
          Hi David. I didn't completely lose the files. I found the directories down under the My Music folder. I was bitten by the drag & drop feature. Just didn't know where they were because I couldn't search for them. The search I ran as administrator didn't crash until after it found them, I saw them just in time. What I have now is a damaged file system that scandisk doesn't see any problems with. There aren't any other symptoms except that I can't search using the word "download". All I have lost is the time I spent trying to solve the problem.

          I'm going to invest in a copy of Partition Magic and Norton System Works to see if I can prevent this from happening again. If I can help it my next load of XP will not be using NTFS. But I don't know what my options will be with my new 80 Gig drives.

          I wish Linux was a little more mature. I have Mandrake 8.0 running on an old Pentium 200 Compaq Deskpro. I don't have enough power to use it very much, it is mostly just my WAN router connection to my cable modem. KDE boggs it down fairly well. There are just too many Windows applications that I can't live without.

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          • #6
            good to hear you didn't completely lose them at least!
            With your 80 GB drives, using FAT32 should be fine if you partition them. I can't remember right now what the maximum partition size FAT32 supports is.
            I know what you mean about linux, if the Windows emulation was much better, if I could get 32 bit color, and graphics acceleration, and a couple other things I couldn't live without, then I'd switch right over, but Linux still has a way to go unfortunately. KDE is quite a hog as Linux GUIs go actually, have you tried any others like Windowmaker? one of those might work better on an older machine like that.

            - David

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            • #7
              No I haven't tried Windowmaker that sounds interesting. I have only tried KDE and Gnome. I will say this their interfaces keep getting easier to configure. The first version I tried was Red Hat 6.0. Setting up the router and Samba was a real trip. The Mandrake 8.0 was all menu driven and I hear the latest versions are even easier. If they keep it up they may be a contender yet. I know that IBM and HP are putting a lot of money into Linux development. I'll bet my Athlon XP 2100 with a gig of ram would fly in Linux.

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              • #8
                Note - this thread is split off from this thread in the Hardware forum...hence the rather strange initial post


                Is there anything in the works to replace both FAT32 and NTFS?

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                • #9
                  Yeah, the interface is where the biggest improvements are happening right now. I started out using SuSE 7.2 and from there I've tried a couple versions of mandrake and also Red Hat. Mandrake has the reputation of being easiest to use and configure, and they deserve it, they've done a lot of hard work on it. Right now I've got Mandrake 9.0 loaded, and it's very easy to use, I even managed to get my DSL connected. I haven't done any networking in Linux yet, but I hope Samba's getting easier to configure, since I'll be setting up a network with a broadband router to my computer (winXP, my dad's new computer (Win98), and his old one to use as a server (I'll be loading Mandrake on it).
                  Linux is pretty darn fast even with my Celeron 950 Mhz (512 megs SD ram)

                  - David

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by G. Couch
                    Is there anything in the works to replace both FAT32 and NTFS? [/B]
                    I searched around a bit and couldn't find anything, does anybody else know about any new file systems that are being worked on?

                    Kevin - I did a bit of reading, and the only issue you should run into by using FAT32 on your 80 gig drive is that you're partitions can't be any bigger than 32 GBs. here's come good info.

                    - David

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                    • #11
                      Well Kevin, I have to say I wish this discussion had taken place a month ago! (Before I spent tons of money on a new computer! I thought that perhaps my newer peripherals with the older motherboard was causing some sort of conflict that I couldn't find.) I just partitioned and reformatted (with NTFS except for one 5G partition) both of my hard drives when I installed XP. I've had the system running for about two weeks now with no problem, but I haven't stressed it (with 10-12 hours of scanning/photoshopping) that caused the problems with my last W2K system. If the problem shows up again though, I'll be seriously considering reformatting the problem partitions with FAT32!

                      Strangely enough, when I presented my problem to the Experts Exchange, no one even so much at hinted that the problem was NTFS. You're the first person to suggest that to me - and I'm extremely grateful! Not that I wish problems on anyone else, but it's nice to know I'm not alone in this experience!!

                      Jeanie

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by d_kendal

                        Kevin - I did a bit of reading, and the only issue you should run into by using FAT32 on your 80 gig drive is that you're partitions can't be any bigger than 32 GBs. here's come good info.

                        - David
                        Am I missing something here? I have a 60 gig hard drive with a small partition, and another at 52.3 GB. It's FAT32.

                        Ed

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                        • #13
                          Hi Greg, I certainly hope that there isn't anything new from Microsoft for a while. I am sick and tired of them comming out with new versions of Windows when they always fail to debug the current version. I know it is more profitable to work on and release new versions than to spend the programming time debugging the current version. They need to give us a break and fix what they have!

                          David, I wish I had the time to upgrade my Linux box. I just have too much going on right now. I was forced to upgrade to Mandrake 8 after my Redhat 6 server was hacked and taken down. I really need the extra insurance that the new kernal offers. I just don't have the time with all I am trying to do with restoration.

                          I am going to get Partition magic 8.0 and see what it will allow me to do. They seem to have some utilities that help with protecting NTFS partitions. I will just have to make that decission when I get to that point. I really don't want a bunch of smaller partitions. If I can impliment a dependable backup system that I wont forget to run whenever I need to run it, I may just take my chances on NTFS again. Thanks for the info on the partition size, I was aware of it but hoped that Partition Magic had found a way around it. From what I have read apparently they haven't.

                          Jeanie, I had hoped that Microsoft would fix NTFS with their implimentation of XP. It doesn't look as though they even tried. All I can say is do regular backups and that should include some method of doing a partition backup using Powerquest Drive image or Ghost or something like that. Do seperate backups of all your important data using a different method. I mirror all my digital images to another hard drive drive and to CDROM.

                          I'm like you I haven't heard very many people talk about the problems with NTFS, I wish I knew why. I was led to believe that this was a bullet proof file system because of the redundant directory table backups it does. I just fixed another NT 4.0 machine this afternoon. It just all of the sudden started booting to a file missing/coruption error and a physical memory core dump. Absolutely dead in the water, it worked one minute and then boom, it was gone. Nothing wrong with the hardware, restored an image backup and it was back like it was. NTFS isn't supposed to allow this to happen.

                          I'll give everyone a word of advice about XP. Don't fall into the temptation of letting XP display your directories full of digital images as thumbnails, expecially if there are several hundred of them in one directory. That is where I have had the most problems on my XP box. The first 2 problems I had were because of this. Some reason the thumbs index file will get trashed and you will lose access to the directory completely! Believe me this has happened to me twice. Every time explorer tried to display the broken directory it would crash, and so would Photoshop. The only way I could salvage my files was to go to a system prompt and copy all the files to a new directory and delete the old directory. I also had this problem when I was running Win2000.

                          Guess I'll get off my soap box now.

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                          • #14
                            ED - If I am reading the info in David's link correctly (thanks D!) the 32GB only applies to Win2000 pro and XP pro.

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                              I think that partitions larger than 32 Gig are possible if they are created and formated using Win98. If I read it right XP & 2000 cannot format partitions larger than 32 Gig. I don't know this for sure as I haven't tried it myself but I am going to try it on my new system. I hope it works.

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