is there a difference fat32 ntfs ?

  joeltr 10:39 30 Jul 2004
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i was reading a posting yesterday about fat32 and ntfs, i was toying with the idea of changing over to ntfs, i am running xp home, my pc is used mainly for my digi- photo hobby, although there are other applications as well, is it worth me changing ?, and if i do will i notice any difference on my pc ?, it seems the forum members have differing views on the subject,advice please, regards joel.

  Legolas 10:44 30 Jul 2004

NTFS is generally regarded as more reliable and secure than FAT32 but I am no expert. if you want to read up on the different file systems click here

  cherria 10:49 30 Jul 2004

One practical difference, if memoy servers, is that fat32 has a 2Gb file size limit where as NTFS does not. This is not normally a problem unless you are capturing large video clips from a camcorder in which case with fat32 you have to capture in smaller chunks.

  joeltr 10:50 30 Jul 2004

thanks for that, will read up on it.

  woodchip 10:51 30 Jul 2004

It is a smaller files size, Example I transferred a folder from a Win98se by usb cable to my XP desktop, Size on 98 about 1.2Gb on XP it was about 600Mb but that's not the end of the story as NTFS uses a lot of spac other than just the file size to store the above so do not be fooled as for security and being stable I have not had any problems with Fat32. The worst problem is that XP os gobbles space on Hard Drive

  joeltr 10:57 30 Jul 2004

i have not had any problems atall with fat32, so it may be wise to leave it as it is.i have got loads of free space on my pc, joel.

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