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Fat32 Vs. Ntfs


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#1 magman68classic

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 02:57 PM

What is the difference between FAT32 and NTFS?

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 07:11 PM

From Bleeping Computer's own glossary:

FAT32 Also known as: File Allocation Table (FAT)

NTFS

And a more indepth explanation here:File Systems Unraveled

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 07:13 PM

The way that they store files on your hard drive.

The most basic difference is that NTFS is much more flexible and secure than FAT32 - but FAT32 is easier to work with.

Here's a link that explains it in more detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_systems#Disk_file_systems
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 10:14 PM

Ok, is there a way to convert them to the other one?

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 01:48 AM

Converting a partition from FAT32 to NTFS can be done by an inbuilt utility in the Windows XP operating system — but it is important to realise that it is a one-way process. You cannot convert back.


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Posted 02 August 2006 - 10:06 AM

So I probably shouldn't even mess with it. Thanks though.

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 11:33 AM

Also, NTFS can't be read by older OS's so if you dual boot with something like windows 98, any volumes formatted with NTFS will be unread able to windows 98, however XP can read FAT and NTFS. NTFS has better securitys going down to file level.




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