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FAT32 vs NTFS

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atari

Guest
#1
ive been using XP for about a year, and at the time, i was let to believe that NTFS was the superior file system in most respects, so have used it ever since.

now i'm hearing that NTFS doesnt add much to anything other than indexing and security. is this true?

will i get better performance out of FAT32? i would only keep NTFS now if indeed adds more stability and functionality during defrag than FAT32, as i dont use any of its indexing or security features anyway
 
A

atari

Guest
#3
ok thanks.... but assuming i dont need any security features since im not using multiple users, is the reliability of NTFS worth the performance sarcrifice?
 
A

atari

Guest
#5
ok thanks! thats all i wanted to know.

if there are any other opinions, please speak up

i desperately need to reformat soon anyway, so that would be my opportunity to change over
 

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
#6
No way would I go back to fat32. NTFS is heaps more stable. Yes fat32 is faster but not enough faster for the average user to notice.
 
A

atari

Guest
#8
ok well im pretty picky about speed, but i think id rather have the stability in the case of hard drives if the speed isnt much different
 
A

atari

Guest
#9
Originally posted by natasrof1
Keep in mind, that FAT32 will not install in a partition over 32 Gig.

before i had XP, i had ME running on my 40gig drive in fat32....
 
T

The_Schwarz

Guest
#10
Windows XP will support a FAT32 partition over 32Gig, But you must create it on Windows 9x/ME.

On a side note NTFS has better fault tolerance as well, bad sectors and windows hanging etc and corupting the allocation tables
 
C

[CpK]Bastid

Guest
#11
ntfs much better than fat32

stability over performance

and performance of fat32 over ntfs not even noticeable
 

Shamus MacNoob

Moderator
Political User
#13
either one

I used ntfs for mmmmmm about 6 monthes and now I am on fat32 tried both had to see what was what , either one is fine I dont need to hide stuff and I dont see my fat32 crashing and being unstable so I am gonna stay with fat32 for now but either one is fine
 
W

WAM

Guest
#14
I must admit games seem to play better and/or are more stable on fat32 (?). So ive got a hdd dedicated to games as FAT 32, and four other hdds as NTFS. Have not had any problems in XP withthis set up.
 
S

Stiertje

Guest
#15
Originally posted by dabomb
im running windows 98 on a 100gig hard drive using FAT32 :D
And what do you think the wasted space on your HD is now? Every file of 1 kb tekst for instance will take up 24 kb on your hardrive, and there are LOTS of small files on a normal computer disk. For HD's over 8 GB and using FAT32 it is advisable to create multiple partitions of max 8 GB, which is the most economical size for FAT32. Allocation of files can only loose max 4 kb per file on a 8 GB partition.
 
R

RobbieSan

Guest
#16
I'm using NTFS and am enjoying a bunch.. I get good stability and performance.. no reason for me to bother going back to FAT32, but either one will work fine for you..
 
S

Stiertje

Guest
#18
Remember that you can't load a NTFS volume in DOS. So if you ever have problems that require a bootdisk to solve, you can't acccess your harddisk to save some last files before all is lost.

And RobbieSan, I get good stability on a FAT32 system also. What exactly do you do that causes FAT32 to run so much more unstable than NTFS?
 

2z

OSNN Gamer
#19
Originally posted by Stiertje
For HD's over 8 GB and using FAT32 it is advisable to create multiple partitions of max 8 GB, which is the most economical size for FAT32. Allocation of files can only loose max 4 kb per file on a 8 GB partition.
Thats really good advice :)
Fat32 can support up to 2 terrabyte but that doesnt make it a good idea though :p
XP is just as solid on FAT & if any thing on my system there is less issues
Only use NTFS if you need the extra benefits it provides
:)
 
N

NegativeFactor

Guest
#20
Originally posted by natasrof1
Keep in mind, that FAT32 will not install in a partition over 32 Gig.
Ah a question answered was just about to say that i couldn't install it on my 80GB HDD, now i guess that's why!
 

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