Originally Posted by Gateway_gtxxxxx
whats the difference between NTFS and fat32
NTFS uses disk space more efficiently than FAT or FAT32, but its advantage over FAT32 in this area is small. More important are NTFSí security features. NTFS lets you set limits on who can access which folders and files, and what they can do with them once they have access. Used in combination with WinXPís User Profiles, NTFS can safeguard your data while still allowing others to use the computer.
WinXPís Setup utility asks you during installation if you want to install the OS (operating system) using NTFS, FAT, or FAT32. Donít worry if you chose one of the more familiar FAT versions or if your PC came preloaded with WinXP and FAT32 because you can convert your file system to NTFS later. If you have more than one partition on your hard drive (a set amount of drive space, also called a volume, with its own drive letter, such as C
, you can even use NTFS on one partition and FAT or FAT32 on another