Windows NTFS or FAT32

  Sorted 15:56 04 Jan 2004

Has anybody had experience of converting from Fat32 to NFTS - is this recommended? what are the pitfalls?

  spikeychris 16:00 04 Jan 2004


Its a logical step forward and unless your on a network (even that isnt a problem) then it makes sense.

  stylehurst 16:26 04 Jan 2004

Go for NTFS

  Dazwm 17:45 04 Jan 2004

What OS have you?

  spikeychris 17:49 04 Jan 2004

Think he has Win 3.1

  mrdsgs 18:16 04 Jan 2004

Don't even think about it on Win 3.1

W200 upwards it makes sense but if on a network with older machines or with an olderos it is likely that the ntfs partition will be "invisible" to the pre w2000 systems.

Also, with programs like partition magic you can convert from fat32 to ntfs without losing data you cannot do the reverse unless you are prepared to reformat/reinstall.

If file encryption and massive hard disks and network security in general are not issues then forget it.


  spikeychris 18:34 04 Jan 2004

3.1 was a bit of a giggle, as ßéLâ says, NTFS or FAT32 is transparent across the network. There is no problem accessing files from a computer with the OS running an NTFS file system from a computer with a FAT32 file system.

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