NTFS/FAT32

  podlod 10:34 19 Apr 2008
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I have been told that my PC would be better in NTFS and not FAT32, could someone explain to me the difference, and how do I change if you think it is wise to? thank for any info.

  VoG II 10:36 19 Apr 2008
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:47 19 Apr 2008

If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  keithlik 10:48 19 Apr 2008

There are technical advantages with NTFS. I recently converted and the link provided by VoG is fine (suggest you copy and print the instructions before embarking on the change).
Do back up any files that are important to you - the process is irreversible ie. you cannot convert back to Fat/Fat32.
Good luck.

  podlod 08:37 20 Apr 2008

Hi, well I would to thank all of you for the info and advice, and I have also found out that it is in NTFS already, so that answers all my questions (I hope) Thanks again.

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