NTFS or FAT32 - an explanation and advice

  kumo22 20:22 16 Nov 2007

I was downloading a digital video recording only to be informed that I have FAT32 configured and it would be more appropriate to have NTFS.

I am running Windows XP on an Acer laptop.

I know these are file compression systems but why NTFS beneficial and how do I chasnge the configuration?

Will I lose any saved files by doing this?

I did read on a previous thread that the Acer back up systems might not work correctly if I change. Might this be the case?


  Probabilitydrive 20:24 16 Nov 2007

some info on these 2 file systems click here

  Jak_1 20:33 16 Nov 2007

NTFS offers better file security and allows for larger files such as video files.

  jack 20:33 16 Nov 2007

FAT 32 is universal- read by NT systems as well as DOS whilst NTFS is only readable in machines so configured NT/2000/XP/Vista
So I guess if your intend passing the file around - stick to FAT32

  DieSse 21:07 16 Nov 2007

"I know these are file compression systems...."

No, they're not compression system, they systems that organize how and where the recorded on the drive.

FAT32 has a file size limit in practice, of 4GB minus 1byte - this can be problematic for video files. That's why NTFS is being recommended.

NTFS is also a more robust file system (less prone to corruptions), and more appropriate for large drives.

Incidentally most Linux versions can also handle NTFS these days, in addition to windows NT based versions

  DieSse 21:08 16 Nov 2007

"how and where files are recorded on the drive" - sorry

  wotbus@ 22:10 16 Nov 2007

NFTS is more appropriate for XP.
It is (they are) not compression systems.
You will not lose anything if you change.

  woodchip 22:16 16 Nov 2007

As above NTFS will keep the Video in one File when it's over 4Gb. But if not doing Video Fat32 loads and runs faster than NTFS. That is what I find

  kumo22 22:51 16 Nov 2007

Thanks everyone,

Because i can't download the video files in one I'll switch over.

The crucial question. How do I do it?

  DieSse 23:37 16 Nov 2007

"How do I do it?"

The MS words on how to click here

  DieSse 23:42 16 Nov 2007

A short and easy to follow version of how to

click here

If you want to covert other drives/partitions, replace the C in the command with the relevant drive letter.

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