NTFS vs FAT32
There is no straightforward answer to this one! Undoubtedly unless you are dual-booting with another Operating System, or need to use DOS then NTFS is the only way to take full advantage of Windows 2000’s(or XP’s) security and stability. If outright speed is your main requirement, then FAT32 is slightly faster on all but the largest drives: however both NTFS and FAT32 can be tweaked for speed by altering the Cluster Size.
FAT32 is an enhanced version of the FAT file system that can be used on drives from 512 megabytes (MB) to 32 GB in size. If you’re setting up a dual-boot configuration, you should probably use FAT or FAT32.
If you’re dual booting Windows 2000 (or XP) and another operating system, choose a file system based on the other operating system, using the following criteria:
Format the partition as FAT if the installation partition is smaller than 2 gigabytes (GB), or if you’re dual booting Windows 2000(or XP) with MS-DOSÂ®, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT.
Use FAT32 for use on partitions that are 2 GB or larger. If you choose to format using FAT during Windows 2000(or XP) Setup and your partition is greater than 2 GB, Setup automatically formats it as FAT32.
It’s recommended that you use NTFS rather than FAT32 for partitions larger than 32 GB.
The NTFS file system is the recommended file system for use with Windows 2000 (& XP). NTFS has all of the basic capabilities of FAT, and it provides the following advantages over the FAT and FAT 32 file systems:
Better file security.
Better disk compression.
Support for large hard disks, up to 2 terabytes (TB).(The maximum drive size for NTFS is much greater than that for FAT, and as drive size increases, performance with NTFS doesn’t degrade as it does with FAT.)
If you’re using a dual-boot configuration (using both Windows 2000(or XP) and another operating system on the same computer), you may not be able to gain access to files on NTFS partitions from the other operating system on your computer. For this reason, you should probably use FAT32 or FAT if you want a dual-boot configuration. The NTFS used by Windows 2000 (& XP)is not compatible with the version used by Windows NT4. There are programmes available that will make NTFS partitions accessible under Windows 98/ME such as NTFS for Win98.
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