Help with identifying drive format

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Can someone please give me information on the following -

I am using a Sony VAIO notebook computer (Model PCG-GR214MP) with XP Pro
(SP2) o/s. I BELIEVE (but do not know for sure) that my drive is formatted
as FAT32 - this is because I tried to run Norton Disk Doctor some months ago
and it said that it could not verify a non-NTFS formatted drive. Hence my
belief that the drive is FAT32. Is there somewhere under 'System
Information' that would provide a definite answer? - I have looked but
cannot find anything.

Also, Sony divides the 20GB hard drive into two drives 'C' which is 9.98GB
and 'D' which is 8.61GB. Can I safely assume that both would be formatted
the same, i.e. FAT32?

I have been trying to network my XP Pro notebook with an iMac running OS X
(10.3.8) via an Ethernet crossover cable but it does not work. When I
checked various Windows KB articles they all seem to refer to NTFS file
system permissions - see
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040
I am thinking that my problem MAY lie in the fact that my drive is not NTFS
formatted.

If anyone can think of another reason why the computers don't see each other
I would be very grateful.

Tricia
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Patricia

    A link to a FREE program that will give you this info and a whole lot more
    too..

    http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en


    --
    Mike Hall
    MVP - Windows Shell/user

    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm


    "Patricia Henwood" <triciahenwood@123nospam.bigpond.com> wrote in message
    news:u5aNb92LFHA.1956@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Can someone please give me information on the following -
    >
    > I am using a Sony VAIO notebook computer (Model PCG-GR214MP) with XP Pro
    > (SP2) o/s. I BELIEVE (but do not know for sure) that my drive is
    > formatted
    > as FAT32 - this is because I tried to run Norton Disk Doctor some months
    > ago
    > and it said that it could not verify a non-NTFS formatted drive. Hence my
    > belief that the drive is FAT32. Is there somewhere under 'System
    > Information' that would provide a definite answer? - I have looked but
    > cannot find anything.
    >
    > Also, Sony divides the 20GB hard drive into two drives 'C' which is 9.98GB
    > and 'D' which is 8.61GB. Can I safely assume that both would be formatted
    > the same, i.e. FAT32?
    >
    > I have been trying to network my XP Pro notebook with an iMac running OS X
    > (10.3.8) via an Ethernet crossover cable but it does not work. When I
    > checked various Windows KB articles they all seem to refer to NTFS file
    > system permissions - see
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040
    > I am thinking that my problem MAY lie in the fact that my drive is not
    > NTFS
    > formatted.
    >
    > If anyone can think of another reason why the computers don't see each
    > other
    > I would be very grateful.
    >
    > Tricia
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    "Patricia Henwood" wrote:
    > (snip) I am using a Sony VAIO notebook computer
    > (Model PCG-GR214MP) with XP Pro (SP2) o/s. I
    > BELIEVE (but do not know for sure) that my drive
    > is formatted as FAT32 (snip) Is there somewhere
    > under 'System Information' that would provide a
    > definite answer? - I have looked but cannot find
    > anything. (snip)


    Have you tried right-clicking on the icon for your hard drive and
    selecting "properties?" Perhaps XP Pro is different in this regard, but the
    file system used on a drive is clearly reported in XP Home (the second item
    on the first tab).


    > Also, Sony divides the 20GB hard drive into two
    > drives 'C' which is 9.98GB and 'D' which is
    > 8.61GB. Can I safely assume that both would be
    > formatted the same, i.e. FAT32?


    No. It is possible to have two different file systems on different
    partitions of the same drive.


    > I have been trying to network my XP Pro notebook
    > with an iMac running OS X (10.3.8) via an Ethernet
    > crossover cable but it does not work. (snip)
    > I am thinking that my problem MAY lie in the fact
    > that my drive is not NTFS formatted.


    Your best bet would be to ask in one of the Mac newsgroups, Tricia. What
    you're seeking can be done, but the process is certainly not commonplace for
    most PC users. In the past (pre-OS X), one needed special software to make
    the Mac networking system then (AppleTalk) compatible with Windows
    Networking. That may have changed with OS X, but only another Mac user who
    has done what you're seeking would really be able to guide you reliably.
    Whatever the case, I seriously doubt your problem has anything to do with
    the drive's file system.

    Stewart
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    Mike,

    Thank you so much - everyone should know about this product! It's really
    excellent.

    BTW I've discovered that my drives are indeed FAT32 formatted. I have read
    that XP prefers NTFS formatted drives. I have also read the KB article
    156560 'Free Space Required to Convert FAT to NTFS' but I only have
    approximately 1GB of free space available on my 9.98GB C drive and my mind
    'boggled' when I read through the computation that Convert.exe uses to
    determine how much free space is required before starting the conversion.

    All of this arises because, as I mentioned before, I'm having no luck
    trying to connect my XP Pro notebook and my iMac OS X (10.3.8) via an
    Ethernet Crossover cable. Should work. Won't work!

    Tricia


    "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    news:O0BEZR3LFHA.508@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    | Patricia
    |
    | A link to a FREE program that will give you this info and a whole lot more
    | too..
    |
    | http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en
    |
    |
    | --
    | Mike Hall
    | MVP - Windows Shell/user
    |
    | http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    |
    |
    |
    |
    |
    | "Patricia Henwood" <triciahenwood@123nospam.bigpond.com> wrote in message
    | news:u5aNb92LFHA.1956@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    | > Can someone please give me information on the following -
    | >
    | > I am using a Sony VAIO notebook computer (Model PCG-GR214MP) with XP Pro
    | > (SP2) o/s. I BELIEVE (but do not know for sure) that my drive is
    | > formatted
    | > as FAT32 - this is because I tried to run Norton Disk Doctor some months
    | > ago
    | > and it said that it could not verify a non-NTFS formatted drive. Hence
    my
    | > belief that the drive is FAT32. Is there somewhere under 'System
    | > Information' that would provide a definite answer? - I have looked but
    | > cannot find anything.
    | >
    | > Also, Sony divides the 20GB hard drive into two drives 'C' which is
    9.98GB
    | > and 'D' which is 8.61GB. Can I safely assume that both would be
    formatted
    | > the same, i.e. FAT32?
    | >
    | > I have been trying to network my XP Pro notebook with an iMac running OS
    X
    | > (10.3.8) via an Ethernet crossover cable but it does not work. When I
    | > checked various Windows KB articles they all seem to refer to NTFS file
    | > system permissions - see
    | > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040
    | > I am thinking that my problem MAY lie in the fact that my drive is not
    | > NTFS
    | > formatted.
    | >
    | > If anyone can think of another reason why the computers don't see each
    | > other
    | > I would be very grateful.
    | >
    | > Tricia
    | >
    | >
    |
    |
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    Patricia

    You can increase free space.

    Try Disk CleanUp to remove Temporary Internet Files and the System
    Restore option in the More Option tab of Disk CleanUp.

    You may be able to relocate folders / files to the second drive.

    To move programmes use Add / Remove Programs in Start, Control Panel,
    Add / Remove Programs to uninstall programmes. Create a Programs
    Directory on your D drive and reinstall there.

    Some other notes you may find useful.
    Create a My Documents folder in another partition and copy ( not move )
    the contents of My Documents to your new folder. Then delete the files
    in your My Documents folder ( if you encounter problems deleting use
    Shift + Delete to bypass the Recycle Bin ). You will also need to
    change Default File locations in the Microsoft Office programmes you
    use. For Word go to Tools, Options, File Locations, highlight Documents,
    click on Modify and change file path. For Excel go to Tools, Options,
    General and change default file path.

    For Temporary Internet Files select Start, Control Panel, Internet
    Options, Temporary Internet Files. Settings, Move Folder.

    To move the Outlook Express Store Folder select in Outlook Express
    Tools, Options, Maintenance, Store Folder, Change.

    http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideoe/files/store.htm

    --


    Hope this helps.

    Gerry
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    "Patricia Henwood" <triciahenwood@123nospam.bigpond.com> wrote in
    message news:ub8rWD5LFHA.1392@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Mike,
    >
    > Thank you so much - everyone should know about this product! It's
    > really
    > excellent.
    >
    > BTW I've discovered that my drives are indeed FAT32 formatted. I have
    > read
    > that XP prefers NTFS formatted drives. I have also read the KB
    > article
    > 156560 'Free Space Required to Convert FAT to NTFS' but I only have
    > approximately 1GB of free space available on my 9.98GB C drive and my
    > mind
    > 'boggled' when I read through the computation that Convert.exe uses to
    > determine how much free space is required before starting the
    > conversion.
    >
    > All of this arises because, as I mentioned before, I'm having no luck
    > trying to connect my XP Pro notebook and my iMac OS X (10.3.8) via an
    > Ethernet Crossover cable. Should work. Won't work!
    >
    > Tricia
    >
    >
    >
    > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    > news:O0BEZR3LFHA.508@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > | Patricia
    > |
    > | A link to a FREE program that will give you this info and a whole
    > lot more
    > | too..
    > |
    > | http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en
    > |
    > |
    > | --
    > | Mike Hall
    > | MVP - Windows Shell/user
    > |
    > | http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > |
    > |
    > |
    > |
    > |
    > | "Patricia Henwood" <triciahenwood@123nospam.bigpond.com> wrote in
    > message
    > | news:u5aNb92LFHA.1956@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > | > Can someone please give me information on the following -
    > | >
    > | > I am using a Sony VAIO notebook computer (Model PCG-GR214MP) with
    > XP Pro
    > | > (SP2) o/s. I BELIEVE (but do not know for sure) that my drive is
    > | > formatted
    > | > as FAT32 - this is because I tried to run Norton Disk Doctor some
    > months
    > | > ago
    > | > and it said that it could not verify a non-NTFS formatted drive.
    > Hence
    > my
    > | > belief that the drive is FAT32. Is there somewhere under 'System
    > | > Information' that would provide a definite answer? - I have looked
    > but
    > | > cannot find anything.
    > | >
    > | > Also, Sony divides the 20GB hard drive into two drives 'C' which
    > is
    > 9.98GB
    > | > and 'D' which is 8.61GB. Can I safely assume that both would be
    > formatted
    > | > the same, i.e. FAT32?
    > | >
    > | > I have been trying to network my XP Pro notebook with an iMac
    > running OS
    > X
    > | > (10.3.8) via an Ethernet crossover cable but it does not work.
    > When I
    > | > checked various Windows KB articles they all seem to refer to NTFS
    > file
    > | > system permissions - see
    > | > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040
    > | > I am thinking that my problem MAY lie in the fact that my drive is
    > not
    > | > NTFS
    > | > formatted.
    > | >
    > | > If anyone can think of another reason why the computers don't see
    > each
    > | > other
    > | > I would be very grateful.
    > | >
    > | > Tricia
    > | >
    > | >
    > |
    > |
    >
    >
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