Security Analyzer

  Astrid 12:02 01 Nov 2007

Having checked out my computer with Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, it seems that because my C: drive is FAT and my D: drive NTFS that I ought to convert my C: drive to NTFS also. I hesitate to do this alone in case I lose data - is the difference between file systems really a problem, or is the scan being too careful?

  DieSse 12:18 01 Nov 2007

FAT is not as secure or robust as NTFS - but that doesn't mean secure in the sense of malware/hacking/viruses/etc. It means that FAT filesystems are more susceptible to, and less tolerant of failures, and cannot recover themselves as easily.

In practice FAT is not really bad - if it was people would be having problems all over the place, and they aren't.

You are sensible to hesitate about conversion. If you decided to do it, you should definitely make a complete and comprehensive backup first. Whilst the conversion goes right nearly all the time - it wouldn't be nice to be one of the failures.

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