Maximum filename length on a NTFS partition - why this?

December 6, 2014 at 11:28:23
Specs: Windows 7
I’ve found an external hard drive I’m interested in buying and it seems pretty good, but the one complaint I keep seeing in the customer reviews is about having to format it to NTFS. I’ve looked on the forums and I’m seeing some people suggesting NTFS, others FAT. Going by the customer reviews, it seems NTFS is better, but I’m not sure. One customer wrote: “Will not be able to copy a file size more than 4.3GB!!! Beware if you intend to backup any DVD-5 (not to mention DVD-9) full size image. It will say not enough space to copy. No problem with my generic USB-IDE adapter.”

Another: “This product performed flawless and fast. The individual file size issue is due to the FAT32 format that the drive is set up with from the factory. To relieve this issue you must convert it to NTFS (not supported my windows 98 or me) it takes about 2 min with the disk management system included in windows system tools. After that you should have no trouble having a file size larger than 4G. My first was 57G.”

Which one should I go with? I’m looking to transfer at least 27G from one computer and over 8G from another, but I could break them into parts smaller than 4G.

Also, here are the specs for the hard drive in case they’re needed:
Hard Drive
Capacity 500 GB
Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
Buffer Size 16 MB

Interface Transfer Rate 480 Mbps
Seek Time 8.9 ms (average)
Track-to-Track Seek Time 2 ms
Average Latency 4.2 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm

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December 6, 2014 at 11:31:19
Great I got a drastic solution from Long Path Tool and it helped me a lot .

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December 6, 2014 at 20:20:16
As long as you have XP or later, you just need to convert the drive when you get it to NTFS. When you get the drive, plug it in, go into Disk Manager, right click on the partition on the drive and select Format and choose NTFS. Quick format is fine and does not take very long to do. Close Disk Manager and you are done.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 7, 2014 at 10:09:58
The only valid reason to use FAT32 is if you are also using the external on a system that can't read NTFS file format or the drive is too small for NTFS. Think flash media for instance.

There are many advantages of NTFS over FAT32. One is that the default cluster size for NTFS is 4KB. The cluster size for FAT32 increase with the partition size, up to 32KB. That equates to more efficient use of storage space.

See the chart below. There are other advantages to NTFS also.

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

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