less prone to dataloss, faster, allows files larger than 2gb, more secure etc. etc.
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OK Thanks for the info. One more thing. This box is on a network. The other boxes are running win98se. Will they still be able to see the files on the winXP machine? I need them to be able to interact as they always have. The winXP machine will be the "server". The internet connection for all boxes will go through this box. I just want that and file sharing to still work.
Any files that can be recognised by the systems in question can be shared on a network. Obviously, if some fancy filesystem is invented that one of the systems doesn't recognise, that system cannot read the files and hence cannot share them on a network either.
BTW, Im not sure you are correct about Win98se and NTFS. AFAIR, NTFS can be used under W98se.
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Win98 can't read NTFS partitions in the same computer... over a network it's a completely different story. I connect Win9x machines to a NTFS-formatted file server all the time; and the 9x machines have no problems seeing the files or copying/pasting.
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Techincally Windows 98 does not and can not accesses the NTFS drive or even FAT32 drives that are shared on the network!
What it does is request services form the computer with those drives installed. It asks what folders and files there are, and asks to download and modify them. The remote system then checks permissions and performs the operations for the client.
The shared drives doesn't even have to be a real drive. It can be a virtual drive that requires 3rd party software, and it can be shared like any other.
It may help to think of it like visiting an FTP site on a Unix server. Your PC doesn't have to be able to work with unix file systems to browse, upload, download, modify files. Nor does it have to have the same permission systems.
"NTFS can read from a FAT32 partition, but FAT32 cannot read from an NTFS partition"
It sounds like you are thinking of NTFS and FAT32 as if they are something other than passive storage.
NTFS and FAT32 are just partion formats. They are just a standard for storing information like *.txt file is a standard for storing text. Just like a simple *.txt file a partion format doesn't contain a single line of code. Its completely passive and can't do anything.
To use a *.txt document you need a word processor that understands that format. To use a NTFS program you need an operating system that NTFS.
We have Linux box on our LAN, with EXT2 file system. I have been accesing it's resources shared by Samba without problems, from Win 98, 2k and XP. Also my shared folders on NTFS drive are accessed without problems from Win98s. File system used for shared files does not matter, as long as machine that shares it can read it.