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FAT32 or NTFS

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ryan Sanders, Feb 14, 2003.

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  1. Ryan Sanders

    Ryan Sanders Thread Starter

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    Ok. I installed WinXP myself and wasn't sure if I would stay with XP or go back. I knew that once you changed from FAT32, you can't go back. I think I will most likely stay here and I am wandering what are the benefits of going to NTFS and how long does it take to change over.

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  2. terryxp

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    Not certain, but you can change from FAT to NTFS anytime you wish... and vice-versa. I know I did, at one point in time. NTFS is a more "secure" file system intended for servers etc... I would think for the average pc user, fat32 is a-okay... wait for another egghead to add his 2bits, I may be wrong.
     
  3. Del

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    If you're not sure if you're going to stay with XP, I would stay with FAT32 for now..
     
  4. Jtoast

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    unless you need the extra security or are planning to work with files over 4G in size (video editing maybe?) then Fat32 will work just fine and will also make it easier to repair (98 boot disk :) if you run into a problem.
     
  5. Ryan Sanders

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    KK.. Thanks for your input.
     
  6. Tushman

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    Like others have mentioned NTFS offers more security, but if you are using in conjuction with an NT based OS, then it will offer not only more security but more stablility as well. Once other nice thing about NTFS is that UNLIKE FAT32, regardless of the size of your partitions (under NTFS) your cluster size remains the same.
     
  7. Luthorcrow

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    That is one point to consider that wasn't mentioned when I posted a similar question a while back (upgrade to Wk2). Consider that every hour of capture video will initial occupy a single file around 13gbs then for that purpose NTFS is required. But a single partion for this purpose would be enough.

    Also, I actually did a clean install with both and ran benchmarks to track the difference. Here were my results:

    http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=105879
     
  8. crjdriver

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    You can go from ntfs to fat32 without destroying data; however you will need Partition Magic to do that. Ntfs is the native file system for nt based os; it is more fault tolerant than fat32. I use both file systems on different computers and really the only advantage [if you do not need the increased security afforded by ntfs] is that ntfs is not as prone to fragmentation as fat32.
    In addition if you are using large files and or large hd [>32 gig] it would be better and easier to use ntfs. Windows cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigs as fat32. You can use a volume larger than 32 gig as fat32 as long as you use something other than windows xp / 2k to format it; such as PM or win9x boot disk.
     
  9. JohnWill

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    FWIW, I've pretty much settled on FAT32 for my partitions. I haven't generated any huge files, and the only program that I use that might is GHOST, and it chops them up into 2gig segments automagically. :) I also like FAT for the ease of fixing things with a DOS boot. All my main systems have a dual boot to Windows or MS-DOS, makes it easy to tinker without grabbing for floppies. :D
     
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