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    NTFS vs Fat32 (Win XP Pro)

    I built a high performance system with the best of everything I could get my hands on - then installed Win XP Pro and selected NTFS as the file system.

    Later, I'm running a test on the system to check the performance compared to other systems and find out that NTFS is not HIGH PERFORMANCE! Should've done my homework.

    Is converting from NTFS to Fat 32 possible? Not interested in uninstalling and reinstalling everything...
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    Re: NTFS vs Fat32 (Win XP Pro)

    The ONLY way is to format, it is a ONE WAY street. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: NTFS vs Fat32 (Win XP Pro)

    If you pick up a copy of Partition Magic 7, you can convert on the fly. Sort of, anyway, it will reboot and do it for you.

    Is there a specific reason that you are converting back to FAT32? NTFS has its benefits, and I wouldn't change it if it's already installed. You're unlikely to see any performance gains from changing the file system.
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    Re: NTFS vs Fat32 (Win XP Pro)

    A performance boost is the only reason. I logged onto www.pcpitstop.com several weeks ago. It analyzed my machine and told me I had a slow computer! The NTFS was the stated reason. I have two hard drives set up in a RAID 0 format specifically for speed and it looks like I shot myself in the foot by using the wrong file system.

    Just before posting this - I revisited pcpitstop and retested my system. Funny, this time it said I had a very fast system. Rated at 103%performance when compared with similar systems. Go figure
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    Re: NTFS vs Fat32 (Win XP Pro)

    Which just goes to show how bogus web benching sites are. Results can vary wildly.

    It's like those sites which are supposed to test your bandwidth. One day, in sucessive tests, my connection was just over 2Mbps, 360kbps, infinity, and finally about 1.5Mbps.

    You're much better off using a collection of benchmark apps to give a better picture of your system's performace because different apps place emphasis on different areas. The latest ZDNet/PCMag benches, Intel IOmeter, and SiSoft Sandra are good places to start. H-Oda's WCPUID will provide lots of info, as can XP's and Norton's System Information progs.

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