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Thread: Ntfs Or Fat 32

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    I'm gonna be formatting a new 200gig HD.Which way is better NTFS or FAT 32?Oh and it will be running Windows XP Pro Corporate.Thanks.

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    Livy's Avatar Simpleton
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    ntfs is more stable and efficent, if the system wont be going near a 9x systems go with ntfs, im not sure if fat32 would support a 200gb partition anyway

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    NTFS.
    No question.
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    if you are running winxp --> NTFS

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    Yup. For sure NTFS.

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    I have some questions too.

    Is it safe to convert from fat32 to ntfs? Will problems like data loss occur?

    Is it safe to convert from ntfs to fat32 using partition magic? I know ntfs is better, but I'm just curious.

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    That's what I needed to know.Thanks for the quick replies.

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    From PC Magazine (Vol. 21 No. 19)

    As a guide: Use FAT32 if your hard drive is smaller than 32GB, or if you want to install more than one operating system on your computer. Use NTFS if you have a hard drive that is larger than 32 GB and you are going to run only one operating system.

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    Ya, FAT32 is only good if you plan on dual booting and want to be able to edit the contents of a drive from multiple OSs. So if you aren't dual booting, NTFS is the best.

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    It is safe to switch from Fat to ntfs you won't loose any space...you will actually get an extra 200mb of it. I know because I have done it.

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