fat32 or ntfs for portable hard drive?

  wky 21:33 10 May 2007
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Hi all. I've got a portable hard drive made by WD, it's one of those passport drives.

It's been quite slow lately and I was wondering, what can I do to make it run faster? Shall I format it to fat32 as it's ntfs at the moment and also what about write caching? Thanks

  Strawballs 22:13 10 May 2007

If you only use it on Win2000, XP or Vista then NTFS would be better but if on a combination of above and any 9X then Fat32 will work on both.

  setecio 22:25 10 May 2007

Try it on a different computer just to check if it is the computer causing the slow down.

FAT32 can be useful if you don't have files over 4GB and want a backup without file user permissions, otherwise NTFS is better.

  woodchip 23:24 10 May 2007

Fat32 will work faster. But it wastes space storing files

  Totally-braindead 23:33 10 May 2007

wky have you tried defragging it?

  wky 23:59 10 May 2007

nope, I'll try that, but I just did a format, I also noticed that in windows I can't format the drive using the fat32 file system, ntfs is the only option, do you know how to do it?

  ArrGee 08:06 11 May 2007
  Andy1991 17:44 26 Jun 2007

NTFS is only benificial really on a external drive if u want to encrypt data via XP Pro + or setting policies on files like permissions. FAT32 though means morecompatibility and can be read outside of windows if necasary.

I have read that u can not format a drive over 30 or 40 GB in XP as a FAT32 drive.

  Andy1991 17:44 26 Jun 2007

soory, u got there before me ArrGee

  Andy1991 17:50 26 Jun 2007

Though i have found this for u, install this and u can format ur drive as FAT32. click here

  woodchip 21:56 26 Jun 2007

Fat32 will work faster, but if you create or do Video Editing, Fat32 as a File size limit of 4Gig after that it creates another file, it splits the video. Also Fat32 wasts more disc space as Slack, due the the file system

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