Mr Clark 19:20 10 Oct 2003


What benefit/draw back does the NTFS file system have over the Fat 32 one. Specifically for windows 2000 and XP. The reason being that one of our work administrators got narky when he discovered that another administrator had installed win 2000 prof on to an NTFS drive. He wanted all on FAT 32.


Mr Clark.

  Falkyrn 19:23 10 Oct 2003

NTFS is a more secure system and is also slightly more robust with particular regard to recovery after crashes.

I'm surprised that your admin got narky for this I would be more likely to get narky for the other way round

  Falkyrn 19:25 10 Oct 2003

one drawback I failed to mention is that some systems will not recognise an ntfs drive and generally in a network system its considered better to have all the same.

  Joanne_1 19:25 10 Oct 2003

NTFS can communicate through a network that has FAT32 but not visa versa.

  VoG II 19:25 10 Oct 2003
  Falkyrn 19:26 10 Oct 2003

click here gives you more info on the ntfs structure

  Mr Clark 19:28 10 Oct 2003

Cheers guys for such a rapid response.

Mr Clark.

  goonerbill 19:30 10 Oct 2003

the only reason to have all drives fat32 on a works network would be if you have pc's running win95,98 or ME on the network and have access to all other pc's hard drives, as they cannot see NTFS formatted hard drives.

win 2000 and XP would be accessable by all pc's i believe no matter what format the hard drive is formatted in.

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