The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system supports several different file systems including NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12. NTFS is a robust file system that includes self-healing capabilities; however, is not widely compatible with other operating systems. FATX file systems are often used when a partition or drive, such as a portable USB hard drive, will be accessed by operating systems other than Windows. Mount a FATX formatted portable drive on a folder residing in an NTFS partition to better organise information on the computer.
Click the "Start" button located in the lower left corner of the Windows 7 PC desktop, and then click the "Search" box. Type "diskmgmt.msc" in the "Search" box and press the "Enter" key. The "Disk Management utility will appear.
Locate the FATX formatted volume in the list of volumes displayed in the lower half of the "Disk Management" window. Right-click on the FATX formatted volume you wish to mount on an NTFS partition and then click "Change Drive Letter and Paths" in the menu that appears.
Click the "Add" button. Click "Mount in the following empty NTFS folder." Click the "Browse" button and navigate to the location on the NTFS partition where you wish to mount the FATX volume. Click the "New Folder" button. Type a name for the new folder that appears and press the "Enter" key. Click the "OK" button.
Click the "OK" button in the "Add Drive Letter or Path" window. Click the "OK" button in the "Change Drive Letter and Paths" window.
Things you need
- Microsoft Windows 7 operating system
- Credentials of an account that has Administrator permissions on the Windows 7 machine
- Portable hard drive or partition installed and formatted with a FATX file system