This will alllow you to fully use the file security features within XP Pro, and take advantage of NTFS's improved (internal) file management.
If your HDD is greater than 32GB, XP will not format a new drive as FAT32.
The disadvantage is that if you want to dual-boot XP and Win9x, the NTFS partition(s) will not be visible to Win9x. In addition, it is less simple to boot from floppy to an NTFS partition (although it can be done). However, XP is designed so that you boot from CD, so the lack of floppy 'bootability' is not a major issue.
I like the idea of less fragmentation, as I wont be able to support the pc once ive given it to the user.
As for large data transfer I cant think that the user will do this all that much and from what ive read it doesnt seem everyone is that convinced that there is a large performance hit when with NTFS, also I definately wont be dual booting with 98 and if I did have to recover data I have plenty of PC's running on NTFS to use if need be
thanks for the help
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