External hard drive - Fat32 or NTFS?

  Esc4p3 10:30 05 Dec 2007

I bought a new external HD recently, and used Acronis to back up an image to it. I noticed that the 60gb backup is split into 4gb chunks, which I assume is because it is formatted FAT32?

What is the max file size for NTFS, and is it OK to format the external HD in this way. I.e I wont mess it up (obviously the reformat will wipe my backup)

Please advise

  anskyber 10:37 05 Dec 2007

It's generally regarded as best to file in NTFS unless you are using an operating system older than XP. click here

  anskyber 10:39 05 Dec 2007

And again click here

  Esc4p3 12:44 05 Dec 2007

I run Vista, and I am never likely to dual boot with older systems, so NTFS looks a likely candidate. thanks

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