[WriteLog] Converting a disk to NTFS
Bob Naumann - N5NJ
bob.naumann at gte.net
Wed Jan 22 09:44:28 EST 2003
The other option is to install a second hard drive and format it as FAT.
NTFS has security, FAT does not. The security forces you to use the operating system's log in security to gain access to anything on the drive. FAT allows you to just boot from a floppy and access any FAT formatted hard drive. This "feature" is a security concern as you might imagine in a business environment.
I don't think that there is any reason for anyone's shack computer to be concerned about that type of security.
Both schemes work, and work well.
If you want to use DOS at all, then go with FAT.
Two hard drives really solves the problem with dual boot.
> From: "rojomn" <rojomn at charter.net>
> Date: 2003/01/22 Wed AM 09:33:55 EST
> To: "W0UN--John Brosnahan" <shr at medinaec.com>, <WriteLog at contesting.com>
> Subject: RE: [WriteLog] Converting a disk to NTFS
> That is a viable option IFF you have not already a system with hundreds of
> applications that were installed with Program Files on the C: drive. If you
> already have a system like that which most probably do, you have to
> reinstall all of your applications or find a way to change all of the =drive
> references (even with utilities not easy) so for me it is not a way to go.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: writelog-bounces at contesting.com
> > [mailto:writelog-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of W0UN--John
> > Brosnahan
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 8:19 AM
> > To: WriteLog at contesting.com
> > Subject: Re: [WriteLog] Converting a disk to NTFS
> > I have been following the NTFS post with interest since I
> > have been trying to build a logging computer system that
> > maintains compatibility with the old DOS world as well
> > as with the new stuff. I want to be able to run CT or TR
> > if a guest op insists on it, while still being able to have
> > the latest capabilities with WriteLog.
> > So I want serial and parallel ports as well as USB and I
> > even wanted a ISA slot for some legacy cards.
> > But the file system seems like a bit of an issue. I asked
> > an old contest/computer friend of mine about the best way
> > to go and here is his response. I am still trying to sort out
> > the implications to see what I lose in the process--if anything.
> > If anyone has any thoughts about this setup please let me
> > know. I don't want to lose any WriteLog capability while
> > still being able to run DOS legacy programs. Note this is
> > not my general purpose computer--but rather it is dedicated
> > to logging and station control use.
> > >I suggest making a small C partition - a couple hundred megs - formatted
> > >with FAT16. That makes it easier to recover if there's a
> > problem. It's the
> > >system partition.
> > >
> > >Then you load the OS onto partition D - the boot partition...
> > >
> > >The boot files go on the system partition and the system files go on the
> > >boot partition :) As I used to tell my students, you drive on
> > the parkway,
> > >and you park on the driveway.
> > All of this just to keep one foot in the modern (WriteLog) camp and
> > one foot in the legacy (CT/TR) camp. ;-)
> > John W0UN
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