Fat 32

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by anewhope, Dec 18, 2001.

  1. anewhope

    anewhope Guest

    My mate is runnin NTFS on his XP Pro machine and wants to go back to FAT 32 (For games, dvd playback etc) anyone know how to do it?

    I have seen the article on converting FAT to NTFS but not the other way around.

  2. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest

    You cant go from NTFS > FAT32 in XP, but I believe Partition Magic 7 wil do it, although I dont know what ill effects could happen. If you do try it, I'd back up all important info on that partition, as theres probably a fair chance something could go wrong.

    But yes, PM7 claims to be able to do this, but I'm not going to try it :D

    Or you could just back up the info and format to Fat32.

    If I might ask, why would you want to do this? Fat32 isnt going to really affect games or DVDs much better than NTFS. I doubt He'd know the difference, and your giving up all the security and stability that NTFS offers.

    Sorry, just curious.
  3. wrangler

    wrangler Guest

    I agree with Speed4ever on this

    1st - games DON'T CARE what your file system is FAT32 or NTFS and I also doubt he will see an improvement by going back to FAT32. ALSO, NTFS is far superior to FAT32 for video editing and I beleive also for watching any video file of decent size. Like speed4ever said, he'll also lose ALL of the benefits of NTFS....
  4. dArK_CyAnIdE

    dArK_CyAnIdE Guest

    just wondering! if i convert to ntfs whats gonna change, how is it better??? and is it good to convert or sould i format in ntfs?
  5. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest

    If you convert, you will almost always notice a slower accessing of files, possibly significantly. You will also notice much more fragmentation than normal. This is because of the 512 KB (am I saying this right? Is it KB, kb, Kb or kB?:confused: I can never get that right...) that isnt exactly optimal for the NTFS filesystem. But on the pro side, you will gain good security features and much better stability, due to NTFS being a journaling FS.

    I would definitely recommend you reformat and clean install. You will gain a lot of added feature and stability over FAT32, plus its much more efficient than FAT on large partitions (16 gig and above). I would never convert unless you arent able to reinstall for some reason. Reformatting and reinstalling is a bit of a hassle, but its well worth it in the long run.

    Hope this helps.
  6. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    What size hard drive? NTFS is recommended for drivers over 32 GB.
  7. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest

    I believe the minimum NTFS size is 650 MB.

    The reason it is recommended 32 gig and over is that FAT32 is seriously inefficient at that range, as the cluster sizes are quite large at that size, and wasteful on space.

    But you can run NTFS at any size partition beyond the minimum 650 MB.
  8. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    never said it wasn't :p
  9. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest

    Sorry, I misunderstood your post. I thought you were asking a question about NTFS partition sizes, blah, blah....

    My bad...:D
  10. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    slow down sometime speed is bad :p
  11. Gazza

    Gazza Guest

    NTFS - fat32

    If you really feel the need to convert back to fat32 the only way to do it is with a format and fdisk.
    You really want to lose everything !?
  12. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest

    Re: NTFS - fat32

    Partition Magic 7 claims to convert NTFS > Fat32. How reliable it is I dont know, never tried it. But PM7 is known to be fairly reliable if used right...

    Now why a person would want to do this is beyond me, but I guess thats only my opinion, and its his computer to with as he pleases :D