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May 8, 2009 at 11:59:54
Specs: Windows XP, 256
what is best for windows xp, fat or ntfs?

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May 8, 2009 at 12:51:03

note at the bottom of page Disk Space Economy
and Fault Tolerance
ntfs is superior
but most techs will say that there is not that much difference
between the two just the compression ratio
fat is mostly used in the older os and floppy drive aplications as a standard and ntfs started around the time when win 2000 came out

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May 8, 2009 at 13:13:44
The differences have nothing to do with compression. Files are not compressed unless you manually compress them. The main difference is that NTFS is more effiecent in using the disk space. Also more secure do to the method used to track where on the partition a file is stored. Look at the cluster sizes below.

Cluster sizes

for FAT32 are as follows:
512MB to 8,191MB = 4KB
8,192MB to 16,383MB = 8KB
16,384MB to 32,767MB = 16KB
Larger than 32,768MB = 32KB

NTFS - All partitions on a PC = 4KB default

So, if your partition is relitively small you can use FAT32, otherwise use NTFS. One other point is that if you are dual booting and using an older OS like Win98 it can't access NTFS partitons.

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May 8, 2009 at 15:20:07
Just to add to the above fat32 doesn't support files larger than 4gb, ntfs does.

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