FAT32 or NTFS......questions!!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by EMDY, Dec 20, 2002.

  1. EMDY

    EMDY Guest

    i was wondering whats better to have installed?.....what are the differences between NTFS and FAT32, in matter of security, Perfomance, Reliability.....you know......are there any advantages from having one of them installed???
     
  2. Tinker

    Tinker Guest

    You may want to read this information page.

    NTFS is more secure but slower that FAT32 as I understand it. I use NTFS on my systems...........
     
  3. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    On the contrary, NTFS is faster than FAT32, but you really don't notice the performance degradation until you have a large hard drive that starts filling up. In addition, NTFS is far more cluster efficient. My 40 GB partition has a 4k cluster size (like all NTFS partitions), which would be something like 32k / 64k if I had FAT32.

    In short, I hate FAT32, and I'm glad I formatted to NTFS. However, once you switch to NTFS, you won't be able to use that hard drive on any Windows 9x/ME computer, because they don't read NTFS. Barring that, which isn't an issue with most people, I suggest NTFS all the way.

    Melon
     
  4. Jahya

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    Got to agree with melon, I'm NTFS all the way. The only issue I have is when I consolidated some partitions, I made a 30 gig mp3 drive. Since I converted it to NTFS, WMP seems to have trouble opening mp3s. It will open them, but it is extremely slow in doing so. I never had any problems before the conversion. But its a small proce to pay considering the overall performance and stability of my system has improved.
     
  5. pappcam

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    FAT is a holdover from the days of Windows 3.1 and DOS. NTFS is the way to go. It is more stable and recovers from errors much more efficiently.
     
  6. Kevin Ar18

    Kevin Ar18 OSNN Senior Addict

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    Using Windows 9x, I can access an NTFS partition over a network. I have my XP and 98 machine networked and I can access files on the XP machine from my 98 machine.
    I don't know why this is possible over a network, but I thought I'd mention it.
     
  7. NetRyder

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    Yes, it works over networks, but you can't read NTFS drives if you dual-boot with Windows 9x/ME.

    I would recommend going for NTFS, unless you dual-boot with 9x/ME.
     
  8. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    its all down to personal preference

    NTFS is slow my lowly p4 so I use mainly FAT32

    HDD1
    Boot drive FAT32 7gig = 4k clusters
    mp3s .......FAT32 31gig = 32k clusters
    Temp .......NTFS 14gig = 4k clusters
    DriveImage FAT32 3gig = 32k clusters

    HDD2
    Page file ..FAT32 1gig = 4k clusters
    Games .....FAT32 31gig = 16k cluster
    Downloads FAT32 5gig = 4k clusters
    internet files NTFS 1gig = 4k clusters
     
  9. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    how do you switch to ntfs if you have fat32 ?
     
  10. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Start>Run>cmd

    convert C: /FS:NTFS
     
  11. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    i have all fat32, running windows xp, will doing this change anything else except for the fat32 ?
     
  12. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Nope
    It just converts C: from FAT32 to NTFS
     
  13. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    i heard, when you type that it, its just reformatting normally but into NTFS, so that i will lose all my information
     
  14. allan

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    It's NOT reformatting - it's Converting
     
  15. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    so i type that crap in, and within a blink its done, changed !
     
  16. ReC0iL

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    NTFS!! NTFS!!
     
  17. Jmtyra

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    Well, I believe it does take a while to convert everything, depending on your HD size.
     
  18. vnet576

    vnet576 Guest

    I'm also wondering about converting to NTFS. Is there a negative side to converting to NTFS from FAT32 on a windows xp pro maching? Also, is there a chance that my files or programs won't work properly after my system becomes NTFS?
     
  19. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    there isnt much difference, there isnt a bad side to neither one!
     
  20. allan

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