So I bought a 500GB HD

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  1. UnseenShadow

    UnseenShadow Active Member

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    Now whats the difference between FAT32 and NTFS... other then FAT32 can be read by macs... :o
     
  2. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    FAT32 is old and busted. NTFS is way better. It handles large volumes much more efficiently and its less likely to totally shit itself like FAT32 volumes do.
     
  3. Create

    Create :free at last:

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    Well said. Use NTFS. Just trust us and do it.

    edit: actually your best bet is to match your OS's default format - ntfs for win 2k on.
     
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    i went witha 20gig partition that was FAT32 so i could transfer movie files between my PC and my Buddy's mac when needed and the rest one Big NTFS drive
     
  5. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    doesn't fat32 only let you have up to 32gb partitions?
     
  6. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    XP (and maybe 2000) will only let you create FAT32 partitions up to 32GB. But if you create a larger partition on another OS, they'll use it. FAT32 uses 32k clusters on 32GB+ partitions which is really inefficient.
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    That's really skewed. FAT32 is still a faster format than NTFS, which is great if you want to make a separate partition to put your PAGEFILE.SYS on, and it's pretty safe for storing data too, but I wouldn't store any operating system on it because of the concern that the OS would get corrupted if the power goes out during a disk write. (With NTFS, the disk makes a recording of what it's going to do before it does it, so it can go back and redo it if something goes wrong.) If you're looking for a good disk format that's compatible with Windows, *nix, and OSX all at once, try Ext3. You'll have to format it in Linux, but OSX will use it just fine, and you can download a free plugin for Windows called ext2IFS that will let it read Ext2/Ext3 disks.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You're really good at this shit, you know that? :cool:
     
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    Thanks. :bigthumb: I've learned a lot in the past year and a half, since I'm literally doing this stuff all the time now.
     

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