New Laptop File System

  griffo 19:24 24 Jul 2005

I have recently taken delivery of a new Acer Aspire 5020 WLMi and am a little surprised to find the HD (100GB) has been split into 2 partitions of 45.2GB using FAT32 (XP Home).

I was under the impression that NTFS was considered the best arrangement these days, particularly for partitons of more than 32GB or thereabouts. Any thoughts on this please?

  SANTOS7 20:02 24 Jul 2005

click here
this may help.....

  woodchip 20:09 24 Jul 2005

Fat32 will take up less room and it will work faster than NTFS, although NTFS uses less room on the hard drive as files format, it does take up a lot more room on the drive as it creates a lot more files

  woodchip 20:10 24 Jul 2005

Is the Laptop a Toshiba by ant chance

  VoG II 20:12 24 Jul 2005

You can always convert to NTFS with no loss of data click here

  woodchip 22:44 24 Jul 2005

if you like.

  De Marcus™ 22:47 24 Jul 2005

click here

On a drive of that size I wouldn't hesitate to convert it to NTFS. Anything less than 30gb in my book isn't worth bothering with, more than that then it gets converted.

Follow VoG™'s link and convert.

  griffo 06:38 25 Jul 2005

Thanks for the replies. Woodchip - Acer Aspire 5020.

Santos7 et al, this article sits right 'on the fence', seems like 6 of 1 or half-a-dozen of the other?

There doesn't seem to be a clear answer to this one. I just felt that (apart from something I had read) the PC isn't as quick as I expected and using Diskeeper 8 Pro seems to take ages to defrag.

  Tycho 07:45 25 Jul 2005

I have used NTFS ever since I moved to W2K (in 2000!). My nearest and dearest only uses the computer when sh really has to and was worried that she might accidentally delete something important. NTFS offeres greater file security AFAIK.


  woodchip 16:24 25 Jul 2005

With a 100Gb drive I would have thought it would have been NTFS. As just two 45Gb partitions will create a lot of slack. NTFS cluster is only 4kb.

Fat32 Read this click here

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