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

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EMDY

Guest
#1
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???
 
T

Tinker

Guest
#2
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...........
 

melon

MS-DOS 2.0
Political User
#3
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
 
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Jahya

Guest
#4
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.
 
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pappcam

Guest
#5
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.
 

Kevin Ar18

OSNN Senior Addict
#6
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.

Melon
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
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.
 

2z

OSNN Gamer
#8
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
 

Bman

OSNN Veteran Original
#13
i heard, when you type that it, its just reformatting normally but into NTFS, so that i will lose all my information
 
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Jmtyra

Guest
#17
Originally posted by b-man__
so i type that crap in, and within a blink its done, changed !
Well, I believe it does take a while to convert everything, depending on your HD size.
 
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vnet576

Guest
#18
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?
 

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