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Printing initiation is very slow.

I have 2 hard disk where I made 2 partition. One was FAT32 (20GB) and another was NTFS (320GB) Both of them are equipped with Windows XP. The problem is when I wish to print something using the NTFS drive, it takes about 5 minutes for printing to initiate which is so slow. But the problem doesn't occur if I use the FAT32 drive where I can print immediately. I have identified that it's not lack of disk space. Can anyone PLEASE give me the solution?

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  • ahmadzx Apr 14, 2009

    Yes, the printer spooler was set to automatic. Is there anything wrong?

  • ahmadzx Apr 14, 2009

    Drivers? Well both of my hard drives use Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2. Both of them prints on Canon Pixma MP145 All in One.

    I got 2 XP on one computer because the FAT32 one has lots of office works and backups while NTFS one has a lot of graphic, multimedia and games. Yes I use both of them regularl.

  • ahmadzx Apr 14, 2009

    I get to choose 2 OS upon startup it look like this before Windows Startup:-

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional <-- The NTFS
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional <-- The FAT32
    Microsoft Windows <-- The FAT32 using Windows ME

    Please be informed that I use 2 HARD DISK in one PC and not the partition. It can be either the NTFS or FAT32 that shows Healthy(Boot).

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    The optimum situation is to be able to use Print Spooler separately for each version of Windows you have. Right now you are sharing print spooler so that's why it takes so long. But seems like if you installed Windows XP twice, then you would have separate spoolers...??

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    No its what it is supposed to be. Do one more thing I want to know what the active partition is; that's the partition Windows uses to boot up. If its the 20GB, then it has access to resources first. Do same thing, start>control panel>admin tools>Computer Management>Disk Management.

    Look at the writing in each of the partitions and tell me which one says boot, active....

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    Check the print spooler application first and make sure it is set to automatic. Click start>control panel>admin tools>Services>then scroll down to print spooler. You can right click on it if it is not on automatic.

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What drivers are you using on each partition - what version of xp is on each partition and if you restart the print spooler on both of them does that help ?

Also why have you got 2 installations of xp on one computer using 2 filing systems ?

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Right-click on "My Computer"
Click "Manage"

Double-click "Disk Management"
You will probably see Disk 0 and Disk 1 for your primary hard drive.


Go to lower right portion of box and scroll down until you see Disk 2. It is probably your USB drive without a letter. It should show the size of the drive.


Right-click in the left portion of that drive box (Disk 2)
Click "Initialize" and "OK" in the next dialog box. This takes just a few seconds and it should now say "Online" in the "Disk 2" box.


Right-click in the box to the right side of the "Disk 2" box (where it shows your disk drive size and says "Unallocated".
Click "New Partition" and a "New Partition Wizard" will open up.


Click "Next", then select "Primary Partition" and click "Next".
Verify partition size (use entire disk size available unless you are creating multiple drives) and Click "Next".


Assign drive letter ("F" is typical if CD-Rom is E) and click "Next".
Format this partition with "NTFS", "Default", "New Volume" and click "Next".


Then click "Finish" to exit the wizard and start formatting.
Be patient... this can take awhile (it took just over an hour for a 320GB drive).
When done, you should see an icon for your drive in Windows Explorer!


hope this helps

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How to Convert NTFS External Hard Drive to FAT32?


My friend Michael bought an external hard drive last month, yesterday he ran to me and ask how to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 safely and easily? I was so curious about why does he want to convert NTFS to FAT32; he said NTFS partition can't be read by DOS system. Since protecting data and files, I recommend him to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 with a third-party software-AOMEI Partition Assistant, which can convert hard drive from NTFS to FAT32 without data loss.

To computer users, NTFS and FAT32 are not strange. But seldom of them can tell what the difference between them. NTFS and FAT32 to partition are what DOC and TXT to text. In text, the file with DOC format can't be read by TXT application. Similarly, in some condition, not all files in different formatted partition can be read by same application. First, you'd better know some knowledge about NTFS and FAT32.

A Brief introduction of NTFS and FAT32

About FAT32

FAT 32 is one of partition format in windows system. It has 32bit file table, which strengthen FAT32's management to partition, and break through the limitation of 2GB space in every partition. Since the production cost of hard drive decreasing, the volume capacity is increasing. After applying FAT32 partition format, a big volume hard drive can be definite as a partition but not be divided into multiple partitions. It is good for management to hard drive. Now, FAT32 is replaced by NTFS.

About NTFS

NTFS is standard file system after Windows NT, 2000, XP, server 2003, server 2008, Vista, and 7. It replaces FAT to offer file system for Microsoft. NTFS make advanced on FAT and HPFS, such as to support metadata.
The difference between NTFS and FAT
As mentioned above, NTFS and FAT both are file system. However, NTFS is produced late than FAT32, but NTFS is more advanced in technology. In summary, the specific distinction are following below:
NTFS can support up to 64GB single file and 2048GB partition. FAT32 supports up to single file with 4GB and partition with 32G.
NTFS does not need Defragment your hard disk.
NTFS support to compress partition, folders and files.
NTFS takes a little cluster, which can help to manage space of hard drive effectively, and avoid wasting space of hard drive at the most extent.
In NTFS partition, you can share sources, folders and set access permissions on files. It is more secured than FAT32 partition.
How to know which partition format is suitable for you
As mentioned above, NTFS and FAT32 have its own advantages. When we choose which file system, you should consider the factors below:
Computer is installed with single system, or multiple systems.
The number and capacity of local installed hard disk.
Whether has consideration about security or not.
If computer is installed single system, and there is security to consider, you can select FAT32. Or NTFS is not bad choice absolutely.
Why need to convert NTFS External Hard Drive to FAT32?
NTFS and FAT32 are two different types of file systems, and both of them are commonly used and contain different characters. You may make conversions between the two types, and here we got several cases that you need to convert external hard drive to FAT32:
If your external hard drive is formatted in NTFS, you would not be able to access some files from DOS mode or Windows 9X, then you need to covert external hard drive to FAT or FAT32.
NTFS can't be recognized by many devices, such as Xbox 360, PS3, etc. in that case, you have to convert the external hard drive to FAT32 so that it can work with your devices.
There are more situations in which you need to convert external hard drive to FAT32, and there are different ways which you may realize the goal.
Methods to convert NTFS External hard drive to FAT32
At present, there are two main ways that you may convert external hard drive to FAT32, one is to convert to FAT32 with Windows built-in Disk Management, and another one is to convert to FAT32 with third-party software like AOMEI Partition Assistant. Let's see the details:

Method1: Convert an External Hard Drive by reformatting

1. Open the Disk Management in Windows.
2. Right click on the external hard drive and select "Format..." in the drop-down menu.
3. Select "FAT32" in the "File system" line and then choose "Quick format".
4. Finally click "Start" to format, and this process may cost you minutes.
Note: If the drive is larger than 32GB, the "FAT 32" option would be invalid and once format, the information or data in the external hard drive will disappear. So, backup the data or partition if necessary and you need to know how to convert hard drive larger than 32GB into FAT32.

Method2: Convert an External Hard Drive without formatting

You can download the third-party software to convert external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32, what is the most advantage is that convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss. Comparing with disk management in computer, the third-party software will save your time and money. You don't need to buy other external hard drive to store data, just for converting partition format. Of the third-party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant is good choice. The specific introduction of how to convert NTFS external hard drive to FAT32.

As a kind of advanced partition software, AOMEI Partition Assistant can easily convert an external hard drive to FAT32, and you can also convert an external hard drive larger than 32GB into FAT32. This software is running well with Windows platform including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions are supported. With its help, you need no to format your external hard drive and thus you can convert NFTS to FAT32 without data loss. Now, you may download AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition and have a try.

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Hit F1 while in Disk Management for more help.

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