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Old 07-23-2004, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default format hd FAT or NTFS ?

says it in the title would grately be apreciated
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Old 07-23-2004, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am on FAT32

WHy? FAT 32 is faster, and u can use any operating system from DOS to WinXP on it.

u dont need to go for NTFS, unless until your PC is a part of a LAN, which probably isnt, still if it is, it must be in ur home, so no security issue. this NTFS actually came when Microsoft launched Windoes NT, so NTFS have got more security o LAN.

FAT32 is best, faster and convinient.
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Old 07-24-2004, 12:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I thought NTFS is better than FAT32 in running window XP.
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Old 07-24-2004, 12:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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better = security wise
worst = in using other O/S, and speed is slower, plus as i have to be specific about my system, as I'm running linux. i can access windows files from linux as if its on FAT32, else cannot if its on NTFS.
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Old 07-24-2004, 04:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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NTFS is all about security and compression. With NTFS you can set advanced permissions on a folder-by-folder basis. Extremely useful, if not utterly essential, in a network environment. Add to that file-level encryption, and this means that without permission, nobody's gonna be able to access restricted files and make any sort of use of them.

NTFS also supports stable real-time file compression. While with FAT32 you can use programs such as DriveSpace/DoubleSpace, this is dependent upon the specific OS under which the compressed drive was created, and all files on that drive must be compressed. Not to mention the inherent bugginess of these systems, nor yet the abysmal speed at which they operate. Compression on NTFS is a slightly different matter. You can select by file or by folder which items you wish to compress, and if your OS can read NTFS disks, they can read your compressed files (assuming, of course, that they aren't encrypted against you accessing them). Compression will of course slow down execution of the files, but not nearly to the extreme of the compression utilities available for FAT32-based OSs.

I would be interested in seeing some reliable benchmark results comparing the two file systems for speed. I haven't noticed any difference there personally.

For a full review of the essentials of the NTFS filesystem, go to http://www.ntfs.com/

And for a comparison table between the FAT and NTFS, go to
http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

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