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Offline Flanjeuk

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FAT32 or NTFS?
« on: October 26, 2004, 19:58 »
Which is better NTFS or FAT32, My current system is using NTFS, but I didn't set it up that way! What's the difference?
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Re:FAT32 or NTFS?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2004, 20:19 »
Windows XP uses an NTFS partition. I don't know why actually...probably because it doesn't use MS DOS. All the older OS's use FAT32.

Someone here will know for sure what it all means...
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Offline Dack

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Re:FAT32 or NTFS?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2004, 20:29 »
FAT32
- better for smaller drives (as cluster size starts getting very big - meaning you get situation where a 2 byte file takes up a 16k chunk of hard disc space
- no security so anyone with a boot floppy can read your files (unless extra software is installed)
- Max file size is about 4Gig

NTFS
- better for larger drives/partitions
- Has security capability in that you can restrict access to files/directories
- no max file size

However FAT32 easier to recover knackered file, as when NTFS goes......:)

Generally NTFS is better these days.
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