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???
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.
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.
Originally posted by melon 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.
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.
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?