First off, my HD is only 30 GB, so large HD support is not a big issue for me.
When XP first came out, I had problems restoring some important files that I had in Windows Me. No such problems when restoring them to XP in Fat32. It's been years so I don't remember what they were, what exactly happened, or if there might have been a fix to be found for it. Since then, I've just always stuck with Fat 32. Also Fat 32 gets you into real
DOS mode. I can't explain that technically and the "guru" who can is on another forum which just happens to be down right now. He's also stated a lot of other reasons why he prefers Fat32 to NTFS; and when he works on computers commercially, he always sets them up for Fat32. Basically, he says Fat32 is just easier to use when you have to really work on the bowels of the OS.
Do I never get a BSOD or a freeze? No, I can't say never. But it happens so infrequently that I can't remember the last time I saw the color blue staring me in the face.
Now, the difference for me may be that I'm not a power user on my computer. I don't have the latest graphics-sound cards, play all the big fancy games online, work a lot with media. I'm not networked to other computers. I do email, browse on the net, convert and burn movie now and then, or burn a music cd. I do like playing with different software from time to time, but I basically run lean and mean with just the software installed that I use regularly. I can image my entire system on one DVD without compression. I don't go overboard, but I am big on periodically cleaning out my temp and junk files and keeping my registry cleaned up.
And maybe there's another reason why I don't care for NTFS. It's got all those goodies (using resources), that for me, I find unnecessary.
Truth be told, I only upgraded to XP because the newer computers had it. So when the family would ask me for help with their XP machines, I needed to know what I was looking at. I had Windows Me running like a top doing just what I do now. She was lean and mean too and blue screens were rare for me. If it wasn't for helping the family with XP and my old eyes (ClearType is a godsend), I'd go back to Windows Me in a flash.
Edited by mommabear, 10 December 2006 - 01:21 PM.