Do you use FAT32 or NTFS?? Why? What are benefits of NTFS?

Techie333

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I just got a Maxtor 40gb 7200rpm hard drive for new rig. this will be my main drive w/ Windows XP Pro. My question is which is better for this kind of setup.....FAT32 or NTFS???? Which do you use and what are the reasons?
 

LordJezo

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NTFS cause it dosent need to have scan disk run on it and its just an overall better file system.

Fat32 is out of date..
 

Viper GTS

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NTFS

Security, security, security

(and a lot more, but that's why I run it)

Viper GTS
 

Nitemare

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Using fat32 on all my partitions except one

fat32 partitions can be seen with a boot disk, whereas ntfs, you are SOL

Using one ntfs partition for the fact that it can do large file sizes, need this for ripping dvd's(backups of course)
 

Scarpozzi

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NTFS is much more efficient. It's also a much more secure file system. The only advantage that FAT16 has over FAT32 is that you can run DOS programs without having to use an emulator. Since you lose that ability in FAT32 anyway, you won't lose anything from running NTFS and maximizing your File System's capabilities.
 

Jmmsbnd007

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Originally posted by: Nitemare
Using fat32 on all my partitions except one

fat32 partitions can be seen with a boot disk, whereas ntfs, you are SOL

Using one ntfs partition for the fact that it can do large file sizes, need this for ripping dvd's(backups of course)
I can see NTFS partitions with a boot disk.
 

n0cmonkey

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Originally posted by: Nitemare
Using fat32 on all my partitions except one

fat32 partitions can be seen with a boot disk, whereas ntfs, you are SOL

Using one ntfs partition for the fact that it can do large file sizes, need this for ripping dvd's(backups of course)

Why would you need to use a boot disk? I can do everything in XP from the actual XP installation. (plus extra software of course, I don't need DOS or any of that crap is what I mean).
 

Nitemare

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Originally posted by: Jmmsbnd007
Originally posted by: Nitemare
Using fat32 on all my partitions except one

fat32 partitions can be seen with a boot disk, whereas ntfs, you are SOL

Using one ntfs partition for the fact that it can do large file sizes, need this for ripping dvd's(backups of course)
I can see NTFS partitions with a boot disk.

how?
 

n0cmonkey

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Originally posted by: Nitemare
Originally posted by: Jmmsbnd007
Originally posted by: Nitemare
Using fat32 on all my partitions except one

fat32 partitions can be seen with a boot disk, whereas ntfs, you are SOL

Using one ntfs partition for the fact that it can do large file sizes, need this for ripping dvd's(backups of course)
I can see NTFS partitions with a boot disk.

how?

There are 3rd party DOS drivers.
 

Derango

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NTFS unless you're dual booting with linux, then either go fat 32 or go NTFS with another fat32 partition for file transfers between the windows and linux (since linux can't write NTFS very well)
 

Nitemare

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Originally posted by: n0cmonkey
Originally posted by: Nitemare
Originally posted by: Jmmsbnd007
Originally posted by: Nitemare
Using fat32 on all my partitions except one

fat32 partitions can be seen with a boot disk, whereas ntfs, you are SOL

Using one ntfs partition for the fact that it can do large file sizes, need this for ripping dvd's(backups of course)
I can see NTFS partitions with a boot disk.

how?

There are 3rd party DOS drivers.

I do not like having to purchase them just to be able to access my disk from a floppy though. Free is good
 

UNCjigga

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What file system do all those PVR/DVR set-top boxes use?? Do they use some sort of Linux or embedded NT to overcome the ~2GB filesize limit or are they just completely proprietary?