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20th February, 2008 at 09:13:36 -

I've had my XP partition on Fat32 for compatibility and had no problems with it (barring the required scandisk when theres a crash). Are there any benefits on switching to NTFS?

Or better still is there a way to get XFS on XP?

 
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I'm not very well up on partitions but I'm using NTFS and find that not being able to access files from each partition can be very frustrating.
I *think* it's stable enough, not had any problems as such. BUT! When playing games, pressing the Alt key can result in an instant BSOD, not sure if thats related the partition or because I'm on a Mac.

Don't know what this XFS thing is!

 
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20th February, 2008 at 09:26:59 -

I'm not very well up on partitions but I'm using NTFS and find that not being able to access files from each partition can be very frustrating.
I *think* it's stable enough, not had any problems as such. BUT! When playing games, pressing the Alt key can result in an instant BSOD, not sure if thats related the partition or because I'm on a Mac.

Don't know what this XFS thing is!

 
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20th February, 2008 at 10:54:53 -

I used to get the BSOD whenever I changed volume or pressed the windows key on big 3D games running off a HFS+ drive. An external NTFS drive for games fixed that.

And XFS is the best file system out there. OSX can read it but not write yet I believe some of the big pro systems have it too.

 
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20th February, 2008 at 11:02:35 -

ext3 ftw. lol.

 
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20th February, 2008 at 11:58:35 -

I'm pretty sure you can't have single files over 2 gb when you use Fat32. So if you want to unpack say a dvd iso file you'll have a problem. Other than that I can't say I've noticed much difference. I have NTFS btw.

You can actually swith to NTFS without having to reformat the drive btw if that's what you are worried about.

 
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20th February, 2008 at 19:37:18 -

Ext2 > Ext3. Image

 
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20th February, 2008 at 19:39:34 -

ext4 > ext2 + ext3

 
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Go NTFS. It's safer when it comes to preserving data because it stores file information several times, and it's journaled which means it can keep track of what was going on on the hard disk (also to make things safer when it comes to storage).

Still, ext3 is one of the best FSes at the moment, but it only works in Linux (as a native disk anyway).

 
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Go NTFS. It's safer when it comes to preserving data because it stores file information several times, and it's journaled which means it can keep track of what was going on on the hard disk (also to make things safer when it comes to storage).

Still, ext3 is one of the best FSes at the moment, but it only works in Linux.

 
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21st February, 2008 at 05:09:08 -

thank you vince. yay linux

 
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What about defragging? My Fat32 disk needs a good defrag every week but my external NTFS scratch/game disk needs it every month. NTFS organises itself better?

 
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21st February, 2008 at 06:57:30 -

well if its the standard windows file system over fat32 then it has to be better in some way. not sure how. fat32 does get cluttered. ive never had to defrag my ntfs partitions. i check about every month but it tells me its fine and closes.

this looks helpful tho http://thundercloud.net/information-avenue/ntfs-vs-fat32/

 
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NTFS is generally faster and better.

 
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21st February, 2008 at 08:11:42 -

Hmm I thought it would have been the holy grail of Win filesystems. For compatibility I think I'll stick to Fat32... maybe. Fat32 was responsible for a huge catastrophic hard drive data loss a few years back.

 
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