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Always use NTFS - NTFS is the standard file system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

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For the sake of completeness, let me try to clear up a few things.

The difference between the file systems is the method for using disk space to define files and data. In FAT there is a file called a File Acces Table which contains the information about a file. This info includes the initial disk block location, the file name and other stats about files. Each file section contains a pointer to the next block in the file. FAT has a limit on the number of pieces that can be addressed (FAT16 has 1/2 the number). Each of these parts is called a cluster. If you recall the older W95 and W98 systems, you would see a cluster size based upon the total capacity of the disk. Since the "cluster" is the smallest chunk of disk space that can be addressed direxctly, the larger the cluster size, the more space is wasted. Most disk files are small and with FAT there is alot of wasted space because hte individual clusters are not full.

NTFS uses a different method to address disk space with allows for less wasted space and does not have the limitation of a fixed number of clusters.

The bottom line is that NTFS is more efficient in terms of disk space usage and thus will allow more files overall.

In contrast to a previous entry, the amount of space consumed by a byte of information is the same for both schemes. It is the way that files are created that is different.

Hope this helps,
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Also, NTFS uses disk space much more efficiently than FAT32 or FAT16. In other words, it uses less physical disk space per byte or character.

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Ntfs file system is good .

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NTFS - supports very large large file sizes, FAT is limited to files smaller than 4GB. This helps when transferring a large video file from camera or other to the hard disk. When trying to do do this, you'll be informed that there is not enough space on the drive - when in fact there is - it's all about the file system.

If you decide on FAT and later decide to switch to NTFS, it can be done from a DOS window in XP "convert <drive letter:> /fs:ntfs" (no quotes) fairly easily. For example, typing convert D: /fs:ntfs would format drive D: with the ntfs format. You can convert FAT or FAT32 volumes to NTFS with this command. If converting the boot disk, it will start at the next boot if you allow it.

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NTFS, FAT is limited in many ways, just go with NTFS, it will work much better.

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