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Karl Korrupter Oct 09, 2002, 09:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have been building computers for myself and my friends recently using Windows XP Home edition and I am not sure what I should format the drive as; FAT32 or NTFS. I have one machine as FAT32 and one as NTFS and don't see any difference at all. I looked it up on the net and I can't find a non-technical explanation.

What's the difference and what should I use with XP Home edition???

Thanks,
Karl


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John Milne Oct 09, 2002, 10:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
FAT32 systems generally have a 137 gig limit for ATA drives; there may be other limiting factors depending on your rig. Workarounds include multiple hdd's and firewire.

http://www.abcomp3.com/aplusos/filesystems.shtml has some information you might find useful.

eyescum Oct 10, 2002, 01:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
I have noticed much improved stabilty when I switched over to NTFS. I never have a problem with HHD issues. I think they improved on the file structuring also for improved stability, but not quite sure.....

Karl Korrupter Oct 10, 2002, 09:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
Thanks a lot John and Mr. Scum. Appreciate it...

Karl

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Nicholas Grigg Oct 12, 2002, 01:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
Hiya Karl, a basic explanation has to do with how the operating systems work with those file systems. FAT32 slows down noticeably as you fill the drive up. It is not as thorough as far as keeping track of files and file names as NTFS is. NTFS has the option to enable file compression, and it has some very nice tracking features on it that keep the data integrity more intact. Unless you plan to use Windows 98 or 95 or Me, I suggest you stick with NTFS. It's stable, fast, and gives you the ability to store more.

*Sc@rf@c3* Oct 15, 2002, 03:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
Ntfs is new twchnology filing system, it is incompable with FAT 32( file alocation table).
It has no clustering size pro wich gives u more features shch as Raid, file-by-file compression.
Fat (FAT 32) is cool coz it doesn't write the info any where on the disk, but spreads over several tracks.
Becarefullll!!! on the OS u r using coz some OS don;t support one or the other.( some both)

nick munday Oct 17, 2002, 06:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
NTFS will save hard disk space by using different cluster sizes to store files whereas FAT 32 always uses the same cluster size regardless of the file size ( ie NTFS wouls store a 1kb note pad file in a 2kb cluster wasting only 1 kb whereas FAT 32 would store it in a cluster size up to 32kb wasting 31kb ). NTFS is slighly slower when benchmarked and you cannot you a boot disk on a ntfs drive

praneeth machavarapu Jun 06, 2011, 10:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
Hi
This is PRANEETH from hyderabad,the major diff between fat and ntfs is we dont have any compression,encryption and disk quota in fat.so it is recommended to install windows xp using NTFS file system,it is secured.

Reason † Jun 06, 2011, 11:01am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
Hi Praneeth. Nice of you to answer. You do realize this thread is almost 9 years old, though, yeah?

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john albrich Jun 06, 2011, 04:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
Reason † said:
Hi Praneeth. Nice of you to answer. You do realize this thread is almost 9 years old, though, yeah?


He joined HWA just so he could answer it, so maybe that's a good thing?

(cough...unless he's one of those POS spammers who join up and begin with answering old threads just to start building up creds before spamming HWA. But, if he's not a POS spammer then welcome aboard!)

Robert Sardi Jun 08, 2011, 10:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's the difference between NTFS and FAT32???
Could you guys give me answers for


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