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Old 03-21-2006, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the main differences and which would be better for a backup drive of 2GB
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If you're using xp, if im correct xp can only use NTFS. If you can go with ntfs do it because it is faster that then fat.
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FAT is an older file system that is not as efficent as NFTS, and also fragments more than NFTS.

So in short I do not reccomend FAT.
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If you're using xp, if im correct xp can only use NTFS. If you can go with ntfs do it because it is faster that then fat.
XP can use FAT32 or NTFS.

NTFS is a faster and a more secure file system.
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XP can also use FAT, but only on small hdd.
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fat is better for smaller drives tho. but ya ntfs is better in almost everyway except that its not as compatible
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fat is better for smaller drives tho. but ya ntfs is better in almost everyway except that its not as compatible
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What are the main differences and which would be better for a backup drive of 2GB
FAT

NTFS

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Use FAT. It will be faster on 2GB.
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FAT 32 is much beter on smaller drives, as Major mentioned, however, FAT 32 file systems are limited to the single file sizes (not over 3 gigs) and subject ot quick framentation and must be defragmented more often or HD's will slow down horribly. If you are storing files (Video or large Wave files) above 3 gigs in size FAT 32 will not work for you.
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