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Default FAT 32 or NTFS ??? - 03-09-2009, 09:28 PM

I am trying to format my dell laptop to install XP on it, what do you guys recommend.
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Default Re: FAT 32 or NTFS ??? - 03-09-2009, 10:54 PM

NTFS all the way. Less file system overhead and more secure. And, if you have to compress the boot drive, it's faster under NTFS than it is under FAT32. NTFS is also more efficient with the cluster size. In FAT32 the clusters will all be 4K, NTFS will go down to 512 bytes (1/2 a K) I believe.

Also, there used to be viruses that would go after FAT32 boot sectors, so you don't want that.
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Default Re: FAT 32 or NTFS ??? - 03-09-2009, 11:29 PM

i originally installed xp on my 4gb ssd with ntfs... i switched over to FAT32 and noticed a big speed improvement... no more lil lags here and there and over all everythign was smoother... still use fat32 on my 8gb ssd i bought here on the forums...

And yes i did all the tricks to make NTFS play nice with ssd's
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Default Re: FAT 32 or NTFS ??? - 03-10-2009, 12:37 AM

As far as overhead is concerned NTFS is only more effiecient over 32 GB than Fat32. However Fat32 does not have the additional file security and other extended features.

I would recommend that you format the drive (as well as align the partition) with NTFS, and then apply the regular tweaks like disabling 8.3 Long file names and last access time stamp. This is a pretty good trade off of performance and security.

If all you care about is speed, then format it in Fat32 as long as you don't have the 64GB SSD. If you are an advanced user then research "partition aligning" if you are not familiar with it. This can make a huge difference on SSD running Windows XP. Windows 7 and Vista will both align the partition for you when you install it.
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