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Windows 7: Mount C:\Users as a Fat32 Partition


24 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
Mount C:\Users as a Fat32 Partition

Hi guys, I'm planning on placing my C:\Users folder on a separate partition of my HDD. I know the general scheme of things would be to create the separate parition, we'll call it D:\. and then robocopy everything from C:\Users to D:\ and delete the contents of C:\Users before mounting D:\Users.

Does anyone have any clue what to do if I want D:\ to be a FAT32 partition? Will I run into trouble because of permissions from the NTFS partition that \Users originally resided on?

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24 Aug 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Just curious, why would you want FAT32?
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24 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

It's a shared partition between multiple OSes.

Anyway, I was wondering if perhaps a superior solution may be to merely symbolically link only the directories inside of C:\Users\xxxxx to new directories on the separate drive. So I could point Documents, Pictures, and Music to the new partition and just leave all the AppData and other stuff in-tact on C:\Users
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24 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

FAT32 is limited in terms of how large a file can be and is notorious for how badly fragmented the partitions become. So, as my colleague ask, is their a particular reason you want FAT32, or are you just naturally curious.
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24 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

like I said above, I have multiple OSes.

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It's a shared partition between multiple OSes.

Anyway, I was wondering if perhaps a superior solution may be to merely symbolically link only the directories inside of C:\Users\xxxxx to new directories on the separate drive. So I could point Documents, Pictures, and Music to the new partition and just leave all the AppData and other stuff in-tact on C:\Users
Any suggestions?
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24 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Is one of the OSes Windows 98 or older? If not, they should be able to read NTFS fine.
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24 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

No, the other OSes are merely GNU/Linux and FreeBSD. I mostly concerned for getting the linux OS working with the new partition. I can use an open source NTFS driver for the linux OS, but I would rather just use FAT32.

I'm not concerned about the 4GB file size limit and the fragmentation is really going to be a problem in NTFS anyway.
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24 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

What Linix OS? Most of them can read NTFS fine. I'm not sure about BSD, but I would be surprised if it couldn't.
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24 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

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What Linix OS? Most of them can read NTFS fine. I'm not sure about BSD, but I would be surprised if it couldn't.
Debian. Yeah, I can use the open source implementation, but I mostly just don't want to for various reasons. I did, however, find an exfat driver that is hosted on Google Code. I plan to use that in lieu of FAT32 or NTFS.
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24 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

To answer your question directly the symbolic link will work and is in fact built into Windows 7 under the guise of the location tab on the properties sheet for the user data type folders (documents, pictures, Etc.).

One major issue you may have to deal with ts that you will not have any ACL, (permissions), controls as this is unsupported in Fat32 format drives.

If you leave the system stuff like the Apps filder tree on C: everything should work fine
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