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Should I switch from FAT32 to NTFS ?

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I was just wondering ( seems i read somewhere it was safer)

If so Is it easy enough???

And is there any problems that might occur if I do this ?

Thanks for any help :tazz:

Edited by retrac, 05 June 2005 - 02:41 PM.

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generally, the answer is yes with windows xp, because it will be faster (most of the time), more secure, and more reliable.

Drawback--old OS cannot see ntfs, so it is a problem with dual boot machines and also if your OS tanks, you cannot access data with an old fashioned boot disk.

Here's the rub, though---if you have fat32, using the conversion tool in windows xp does not result in the performance gain you might expect. For example, the Master File Table will generally be very fragmented on a conversion, which means the system cannot find files as quickly.

I am unaware of a program that can defragment the MFT

So,it is always best to opt for ntfs from the beginning.
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if you do choose to convert to ntfs, it's easy:
just go to command prompt and type: "convert c: /FS:NTFS"
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