Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: which is better file system? FAT or NTFS?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default which is better file system? FAT or NTFS?

    HI...

    I want to format my hard drive but I dont know which file system is better, FAT or NTFS....

    as your observation, which make your system faster?
    what is the main purpose of FAT and NTFS?


    thanks....

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Illinois, USA
    Posts
    12,162
    Thanks
    263
    Thanked 690 Times in 678 Posts

    Default

    FAT limits files to a max of 4gb. If that is a problem for you, don't use it.
    I'm not sure which is faster, though, sorry.
    FAT is compatible with macs, though, and NTFS isn't.
    (Might be some ways around that, but I'm not really aware of them.)
    Daniel - Freelance Web Design | <?php?> | <html>| espa˝ol | Deutsch | italiano | portuguŕs | catalÓ | un peu de franšais | some knowledge of several other languages: I can sometimes help translate here on DD | Linguistics Forum

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    India
    Posts
    1,626
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 107 Times in 107 Posts

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    18
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    Default

    If you have a Windows Machine
    Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista:
    With these distributions, you want to use NTFS. FAT gives you an advantage on a Small hard drive (under 5GB). On any larger drives, NTFS will outperform FAT.

    Windows 3.1, Windows 9.x/Me, oldschool ect:
    FAT

    If you have a Linux, Unix, Mac, BeOS, Solaris, ect (Non Windows machine)
    FAT

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    177
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 18 Times in 17 Posts

    Default

    FAT also applies if you are contemplating dual-booting Win98 and up with any of the other options
    Verzeihung!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •