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    NTFS vs FAT32

    Hi

    I did a quick search and didnt found anything like this so i am posting it. Forgive if it has been posted before.

    I was wondering which of the file system is better for getting better performance out of the system. I know that secondary memory or the HDD is used a lot by the OS and file system can help in improving performance. Can anyone tell which is better.

    I would also like to know that since i have a slow processor 933Mhz P3 on FAT32, will changing to NTFS be better .
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    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...onvertfat.mspx

    NTFS is better in MHO. for security reasons and just general stability.
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    Hi Mystery Man, Looking at this chart I think processor has got nothing to do with the file system being used on your HDD.

    and NTFS is way better than FAT32. That chart will tell you most of the things you need to know about NTFS and FAT32.


    cheers!!

    EDIT: NTFS has built in security as Texan said. How could I forget that!!!

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    Singh, you posted the same link twice
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    Singh, you posted the same link twice
    That was intentional coz thats the first link came up for googling "ntfs vs fat32".
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    Originally posted here by :Singh:
    and NTFS is way better than FAT32. That chart will tell you most of the things you need to know about NTFS and FAT32.

    Well, this is not really true as I stated many times. NTFS is no good for dual booting, FAT & FAT32 is file system of choice and it requires less disk space.

    NTFS, is for file and folder level security, and is the system file of choice in this case.

    So everything has a thing that it is really good at and weak at.

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    What i am concerned about is that can NTFS improve the disk read/write time and thus increase the effective speed apart from the bus speed and thereby improve the system performance.

    I think the dual booting you are talking about is between Win 9x and xp. I think it has no effect on the dualboting with linux. If it does then please tell how.

    Can an NTFS file system win xp read from a FAT32 hdd seperately attached to the system?
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    Can an NTFS file system win xp read from a FAT32 hdd seperately attached to the system?
    Yes.. Yes it can As long as the drive with FAT32 is mounted as a SLAVE..

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    Originally posted here by Mystery Man

    I think the dual booting you are talking about is between Win 9x and xp. I think it has no effect on the dualboting with linux. If it does then please tell how.
    I don't think that NTFS partition will load linux boot sector! If you want an NTFS file system create a saparated partition for your windows! and keep the rest as FAT32!
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    From my own experience, NTFS will no way improve you disk read write speed or that efficieny, but yeah it recommended for better security.You can have C: partition of windows as NTFS and rest as FAT32, then you will know if there is any difference for yourself...


    And as far as dual boot with linux is concerned, you will have no problem whatsoever, nearly every current release of linux is automatically able to recognize and mount NTFS (atleast my SUSE 9.1 can do this with no problem...

    Hope it helps
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