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FAT32 > NTFS

by phantazy / January 7, 2006 12:03 AM PST

At an office where I work, the XP installation has been upgraded, but the file system is FAT32. I tried to install a photo card reader, and the system crashed. What are the dangers, in converting to NTFS using the convert.exe command, in losing data already installed? I don't want to be blamed for the wiping out of any of the current set up, but I only know NTFS, and have never used FAT32 with XP. If anyone has experience of this I would be grateful to hear. TYIA.
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its depend on the photo card reader...
by Melati Hitam / January 7, 2006 12:53 AM PST
In reply to: FAT32 > NTFS

Well, its actually have nothing to do with NTFS or FAT32.

My question is why you want to change the format?

And this format is around us long time ago.. so I guess even MS website have information on the differences between the two format, etc.

FAT32 is more compatible with older version, and NTFS have more security features.

Some FAT32 system won't be able to read NTFS formatted HD.

The danger to use convert.exe is, sometimes it won't works... just like any other programs.

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On XP
by whizkid / January 7, 2006 2:53 AM PST

I prefer NTFS because it has that file indexing service thing. Even though NTFS is slightly slower performance, FAT 32 can't have the FIS.

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XP reads FAT32 as well as it reads NTFS
by Ray Harinec / January 7, 2006 3:55 AM PST
In reply to: FAT32 > NTFS

What do you mean that you only know NTFS? I have the boot partition and one other on the boot drive as NTFS and four FAT 32 partitons on another drive. I can't see how anyone knows which files are which when using the computer or can detect which is which without looking in disk management.

You are making it seem as if to the user they act differently.

I suspect that the cause of the crash was due to some other aspect.

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Heard of problems
by phantazy / January 7, 2006 4:30 AM PST

I have read that XP is more suited to NTFS, and so it seems quite reasonable to ask the implications of changing over. As I have never used FAT32, I thought it was a possibility that the upgrade and non-recognition of the usb drive were related. This is why I asked, so thank you for informing that I am wrong.

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You are not wrong in that NTFS
by Ray Harinec / January 7, 2006 8:09 AM PST
In reply to: Heard of problems

is considered to be a more secure file system, and in that respect is better. However FAT 32 is also a fine file system.

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