On Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 6:39 AM, TJ Edmister <damag...@hyakushiki.net> wrote: > Since I boot Win2K/XP from FAT32, I also have the ability to put FD right > on the C: partition and add it to my BOOT.INI as an option. This needs a > little juggling of boot sectors to accomplish though.
I have to ask: why FAT32? I stayed at Win98 SE longer than I wanted to, because I was still waiting for driver support for all of my peripherals. When a driver for my SCSI scanner finally appeared for Win2K, I jumped Win98 reached the point of having to be rebooted four or five times a day. Win2K just ran. It was up 24/7, and rebooted only if I was fiddling with hardware or installing new software or a Windows update that required it. I was delighted. I was aware you *could* install 2K on FAT32, but couldn't understand why you might want to. NTFS supported things I sorely missed. One was a far more robust file system that was far easier to repair if there was a problem. If I had a file system problem, I ran CHKDSK. On a FAT file system, this would result in a directory created by it to hold orphaned file fragments, and files with names like FILE0000.CHK. Once in a while, the file fragments it found were usable. Mostly, they just needed to be deleted, and if they were pieces of programs, the programs needed to be reinstalled. On an NTFS system, CHKDSK simply put everything back where it was supposed to be under its original name. The only time that didn't happen was when a directory entry happened to be on a bad block and it had to create a new one. It was no problem to mark the block bad, then rename the new directory to the old name. Another was the notion that there was more than one user on a system that would have different rights and permissions about what it was allowed to do. FAT32 has no place to store that metadata. I came to DOS and Windows from Unix, which was explicitly a multi-user system where more than one user might be on the system simultaneously, and worked in corporate environments where PCs were often shared resources and the notion that the user at the keyboard was administrator with all power to do everything was untrue and dangerous. If I needed to run old 16bit DOS apps, I could do so in NTVDM, and they didn't have to be on a FAT filesystem to use them. ______ Dennis https://plus.google.com/u/0/105128793974319004519 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ What NetFlow Analyzer can do for you? Monitors network bandwidth and traffic patterns at an interface-level. Reveals which users, apps, and protocols are consuming the most bandwidth. Provides multi-vendor support for NetFlow, J-Flow, sFlow and other flows. Make informed decisions using capacity planning reports. http://sdm.link/zohomanageengine _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosemail@example.com https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user