NTFS Vs. FAT32 FILE SYSTEM

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  1. anandk

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    NTFS Vs. FAT32 FILE SYSTEM : some basic info

    NTFS (NT File System) or FAT32 (File Allocation Table) File System are the two alternatives :

    You Should Use FAT32 if :
    -u want to install more than one operating system on your computer.
    -ur hard drive is smaller than 32GB.

    Go for NTFS if :
    -u want enhanced file security.
    -u need better disk compression.
    -u r running only one operating system.
    -ur hard drive is larger than 32GB

    though the speed difference, for larger drives between the two is minimal, NTFS is the newer, more stable and more secure file system. if you format your hard drive in NTFS and password protect it, no one can access
    the information on the drive without the correct password, even if they physically steal it. Thus NTFS is the prefered alternative.
     
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    Is there any other new file system than NTFS?
    Is the file systems same for diff os?
     
  4. hemant_mathur

    hemant_mathur -- No Easter Eggs here --

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    What about the Winfs? Whats new in that and how does it compare with NTFS and FAT?
     
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    Ramakrishnan The Researcher

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    I had only NTFS drives with 80GB sata hard drive, but still I installed Linux along with Win XP pro. So requirement of Fat 32 for multiple os is not correct.
     
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    If you are also interested in WinFS structure I suppose you can find much useful info on it here http://www.ntfs.com/
     
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    Does changing file system to NTFS stops scandisk????
    coz in my pc after the day i changed hdd's filesystem to NTFS, startup scandisc, which runs when improper shutdown is done, has stopped coming..
     
  9. Vishal Gupta

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    Absolutely NO!!!
    I hv Windows XP installed on NTFS partition and here scandisk runs w/o ne problem...
     
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    i hav fat 32 currently..
    n have partition magic
    will changing to NTFS Now using partition magic will effect or alter my systems performance...

    i have no intension of formatting my HDD....
     
  11. Vishal Gupta

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    U should not hv ne problems at all.
    But u can also do it using convert command of DOS, no need of Partition magic or ne other 3rd party s/w...
     
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    Converts FAT volumes to NTFS.

    here's the command

    CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS [/V] [/CvtArea:filename] [/NoSecurity] [/X]

    volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
    mount point, or volume name.
    /FS:NTFS Specifies that the volume is to be converted to NTFS.
    /V Specifies that Convert should be run in verbose mode.
    /CvtArea:filename
    Specifies a contiguous file in the root directory to be
    the place holder for NTFS system files.
    /NoSecurity Specifies the converted files and directories security
    settings to be accessible by everyone.
    /X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
    All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid.
     
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    I am using win XP with FAT32 file system . Now i wish to convert my file system into NTFS .IF there is any method to convert my file sm without formating and deleting the partition .
     
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    mehulved 18 Till I Die............

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    Look at the post above. It has described what you need to do. Your data will be intact but still it's good to keep a backup in case of anything going wrong.
     
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    Rollercoaster -The BlacKCoaT Operative-

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    hey..
    When we look at the properties of a file...
    we see two sizes one is 'size' and the other is 'size on disk'... and the second one is always higher.. is this due to some kind of overhead or what

    can anyone elaborate....
     
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  17. keves2002

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    hi,

    How can i check which File system is used in my pc?, i mean FAT or NTFS,

    -keves-
     
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    keves2002 Guest

    -Sorry Double post -
    -keves-
     
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    open my computer and right click and open properties and youll come to know it
     
  20. keves2002

    keves2002 Guest

    i am using win 98, this time i didnt find it, can u please provide more help

    -keves-
     
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