fat32 or NTFS?

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  1. Corporate Whore

    Corporate Whore New Member

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    I just bought a 250GB external HDD to store my movies on, it is hooked up to the PC in my living room via firewire, my question is should i format it in fat32 or NTFS, keep in mind that i have a macbook on the network that i would like to be able to access it and read/write to it. is fat32 more prone to crashing than NTFS?

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  2. deusexaethera

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    NTFS is safer, but somewhat slower over USB. NTFS also can't be used directly by anything besides Windows. (Most OSes can read it, but they can't save changes to it.)

    FAT32 is faster over USB, but it doesn't keep a journal of every change it makes to the disk, so if the computer crashes, there's no way to recover data that was in the middle of being saved at the time.

    Firewire is better at transmitting data in both directions at once than USB, so NTFS' journal doesn't slow down data transfers as much over a FireWire connection.

    Background info aside, if your hard drive is connected to a computer that can read AND write to it, then any computer on the network will be able to use the drive. The computer that the drive is directly connected to will handle translating data packets from the network into whatever the disk format is, and vice versa. The other computers on the network won't have to worry about all that crap -- that's what makes Ethernet so great.
     
  3. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    simple answer, are the individual files going to be over 4gb? if so, you can use fat32

    also, isn't the limit per partition in fat32 32gb? would you have to have several extended partitions then?
     
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    NO, i have an old 80 gig hard drive that is still in fat32 still.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    oh yeah, i remember that it depends on the operating system
    i'm pretty sure win98 wouldn't support fat32 over 32gb
     
  7. Clarity

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    FAT32 if you don't have movies, isos, etc. over 4 GB.
     

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