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Old 12-02-2005, 09:21 AM   #1
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Question NTFS or FAT32?

My laptop came with a FAT32 file system, it was written on the box and everything.

I'm now formatting it and I have the option of NTFS or FAT32.

Which should I choose?

I've read that NTFS is much more efficient, but how? And what improvements will I see?

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Old 12-02-2005, 09:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: NTFS or FAT32?

Ok, well, (NT File System) An optional file system for Windows NT, 2000 and XP operating systems. NTFS is the more advanced file system, compared to FAT32. It improves performance and is required in order to implement numerous security and administrative features in the OS. For example, NTFS supports Active Directory domain names and provides file encryption. Permissions can be set at the file level rather than by folder, and individual users can be assigned disk space quotas. NTFS is designed to log activity and recover on the fly from hard disk crashes. It also supports the Unicode character set and allows file names up to 255 characters in length.

FAT32
The 32-bit version of the FAT file system. In wide use on most PCs, FAT32 was introduced with the OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2) version of Windows 95 in 1996. It supports larger disk partitions and file sizes and has more safeguards than the earlier FAT16. In the event of disk failure, it can relocate the root directory on the disk and use the backup copy of the FAT table. FAT32 also reduced cluster waste.

Although there are tricks to get around it, in order to encourage users to migrate to the more advanced NTFS file system, Microsoft limited the user's ability to format FAT32 partitions on Windows 2000/XP machines to 32GB.

FAT16 FAT32 NTFS

Maximum 4GB 2TB 2TB+
Partition 32GB on
Size Win2K/WinXP

Maximum Size of
File size 2GB 4GB Drive

OS DOS
Support OS/2
Win3x
Win95 Win95(OSR2)
Win98 Win98
WinNT WinNT WinNT(SP4)
Win2K Win2K Win2K
WinXP WinXP WinXP


Indeed, NTFS my friend. I hope this helps.
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Default Re: NTFS or FAT32?

great, thanks for the help.
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No problem at all. If you ever need anything more, just post!
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Default Re: NTFS or FAT32?

http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

shows the major differences nice and simply!
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