NTFS of FAT32 for a gamer/graphics heavy Win XP user.

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I'm about to format and partition a couple drives for Win XP. I am a major gamer, among many other things, including a lot of graphics heavy stuff. I've heard that NTFS is better than FAT32 in every way EXCEPT for games (some games won't even work on in NTFS space). So, if anyone can confirm that, than I'll use FAT32 (even though NTFS has so many other advantages). Second question is, if I do format with FAT32 for gaming purposes, can I just have a partition or two that I install games on that are FAT32, or would the OS partition also have to be FAT32 in order to avoid all risk of game malfunction? For all other purposes, can anyone confirm that NTFS is better (other various apps, data, swap space, etc.)? Thanks for any help. I've seen conflicting opinions everywhere thus far, and would appreciate some hard facts.
 
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I have not heard anything about how NTFS effects games, so I can't reply on that one.

During installation, unless you can specify how much of the drive you want formatted to what type of file storage type (FAT32 or NTFS), then just format the entire drive to FAT32. After the installation, you should be able to partition the drive with the Admin. Tools, so that you can have part of the drive FAT32, and the other NTFS. This should keep the program files (along with your game files) on the FAT32 partition.

I have 2 drives, one with FAT32, one with NTFS on my computer. I prefer saving files on the NTFS because it's file structure is superior to FAT32. The only drawback is that files written to a NTFS drive cannot be viewed by a WIN9x, ME, or lower OS.
 

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I have no problem not being able to have a win 9x/ME machine view my files, so NTFS is perfect for me unless someone can substantiate what I've heard about games.
 
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