My internal drive is 40 GB formatted FAT32. My FreeAgent external drives is NTFS and my Lacie is FAT32, both 250 GB. I previously used both drives for data transfer and file storage. I am planning to use the Freeagent drive for backing up my other drives and the Lacie only for file storage. Is there any speed or safety advantages to reverse my plan based on the file format type? In other words, is saving and opening files slower or faster between two FAT32 drives as opposed to between FAT32 and NTFS? I don’t care about speed for backing up since it will be programmed to be done overnight.
XP SP3 Dell Dimension D8100 (formerly Millenium OS) frequently using flash drives between home and elsewhere.