Which type of file system is better - NTFS or FAT32
August 5, 2008 1:06pm CST
I have got both the file systems on my computer. The C drive has an NTFS file system and D drive has a FAT32 file system. Which is better and what is it's significance. Does it have anything to do with saving hard disk space or compacting files? What should the operating system drive usually have?
• United States
5 Aug 08
FAT32 is less secure and doesn't support large hard drives. I think you start having trouble with any drive over 60 GB with FAT. NTFS is the file system native to all the NT Kernel OSs (hence the name "NT File System"). That includes Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, XP and Vista. XP gave you the option of using either but it had to employ legacy services to be able to read the data on the drive and that made things considerably slower. Since I haven't used a hard drive smaller than 100 GB in about 5 years now, I haven't used FAT32 for anything.