Personally I like NTFS, but if you are going to dual boot and want to see the other partitions, you'll have to go Fat32.
I still don't understand the 98/xp dual boot choice tho, every single program that I run, works just as well if not faster in xp than it did in 98... I guess I just don't have all those old games I like so much as to degrade my system by running 98.
NTFS is faster but if you are running a network then people on FAT32 wont be able to view NTFS partitions unless they are in XP.
Even then i'm not entirley sure whether they can.
As far as i know (positivly) only NTFS can read NTFS and also Fat32 but Fat and Fat32 are unable to read NTFS. I may be wrong but im pretty certain.
I have 6 partitions at home
I have NTFS on Windows Only and Programs so people on our network are unable to access it as they are on Windows 98/ME and so are unable to copy anything across on purpose or by accident that could damage the system.
Security you see
Anyway, in my opinion NTFS but if you'r on a network make sure other PC's are on NTFS or are running XP.
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FAT32 is a 32-bit file system which creates a FIle Allocation Table by taking the size of your drive in KB and dividing it by the number of addresses it can interpret. This is fine for small drives. But as you get bigger the minimum cluster size expands as well. ie an 80GB drive might have huge cluster sizes like 8 KB as the smallest storage area. If a file is smaller than 8 KB or the file is not a direct multiple of 8 then one of the clusters that it uses will not be completely used. This is quite inefficient for larger drives.
NTFS uses a standard allocation size (it is either 512bytes or 4 KB) This allows it to be more efficent at storing data as the allocation areas will be more completely used.
MS recomends NTFS for drives bigger than 36GB, if the size is less than that then the choice is yours.
Yep you can go both ways, though in my mind a format will result in fewer long term headaches than converting. If you are going to move from NTFS to FAT32 then you need to make sure that you dont have permissions of password protected or encrypted or compressed folders or files.
NTFS also has better recovery and data rescue algorithms than FAT32 does.