FAT 32 or NTFS

  User-F19B448A-819C-4883-991C282DFCFBDA20 11:18 23 Jul 2003

I have just bought a new computer with a 160gb disk,should I stay with the FAT32 system or change to NTFS?

  spikeychris 11:23 23 Jul 2003

NTFS makes sense. Just type From a command prompt.

Convert c: /fs:ntfs


  dth 11:31 23 Jul 2003

I'd stick with Fat32. Although there are some benefits in using NTFS - FAT32 is a much more flexible system.

  dth 11:37 23 Jul 2003

Sorry another point I should have added.

You should give some thought to partitioning your hard drive. With (say) 10gbs for your drive C with Windows XP and your programmes etc and the rest split up for your data. The main advantage in this approach is if you o/s (win XP) gets messed up - you can simply wipe drive C and re-install Windows XP without affecting all your data.

  MichelleC 12:19 23 Jul 2003

Also not to forget the fat32 hd recommended 32gb max limit. The os will see 160gb and it and might cope up to a point, but anything over 32gb in fat32 isn't as stable as 160gb ntfs. Some say ntfs is slower, but marginally. I do dv editing so space is a must. My 120gb couldn't cope on fat32 so it's now ntfs.

  HighTower 13:41 23 Jul 2003

I would go for NTFS as it has the advantage of added stability.

  -pops- 14:17 23 Jul 2003

There is a risk, albeit small, of damage/loss of data when doing the changeover - it happened to me once and I would normally suggest leaving it as it is. In the circumstances of it being a new machine with little, if anything to lose in the way of data, I would suggest that you do convert to NTFS for all the reasons stated above - and more!

With a large drive, NTFS is much more accomodating.


  Gaz W 14:36 23 Jul 2003

I don't think you'll notice a difference in speed if you convert to NTFS. Mostly when I install Windows 2000 or XP I use NTFS. If more than one person uses the computer, NTFS provides better security so if you have user profiles, data stored in the profiles is secure from other users.

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