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    NTFS (Win XP)

    I have Win XP Pro with Fat32. Can I change to NFTS without loosing my files,settins,connections & Etc. If so How?And should I?

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    I don't yet use NTFS format because I've been told by a LOT of Win200 pro's NOT to use NTFS on your boot partition. Most people I know create a separate, non-boot partition using NTFS and store data, program installations, etc. on the NTFS partition. If I were doing it, I would probably use Partition Magic to create an NTFS partition without "losing" anything, since I already own that product. There's a lot been published in e-zines and newsletters about possible "slowness" of NTFS partitions because of the default cluster size. That's another reason I would use the latest version of Partition Magic, which gives you control over cluster size.

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    Your probably right.Of course my HD is only 20G so Fat32 should be fine as long as i dont go over 32G.Is this correct?Im planning on going to 80G next time . Should i Use NTFS for it.

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    Here is a MS web page for you to check out http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertz...l/october01.asp NTFS vs. FAT: Which Is Right for You?

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    I NEVER noticed his Lounge nickname, Dave! In addition to being Big Al to all my friends (and it ain't because I'm tall!) I also am known as Cowboy to a number of friends because I loved the sketch on David Letterman's show several years ago about "Cowboy!" Did you ever see it?

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    To supplement Al's post....

    You can do it without special tools by opening a CMD prompt and running CONVERT.EXE.

    Should you? I don't in a home environment for the reason Al stated - it makes recovering from a disaster harder. I always set up a boot partition (C as FAT32, about 750MB - 1GB in size, for Windows only. Afterwards, I can easily reformat and reinstall on the C: drive without losing anything. Should I need to, I can boot with a DOS floppy and perform surgery on the file system. NTFS partitions cannot be viewed from a DOS startup disk - nor anything that is not Windows NT/2000/XP for that matter.

    You won't gain any performance with NTFS. If data security is your concern, that may a reason to go that way - but again, at home, with limited users and physical access, I don't see the point in changing over.
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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    Depends on how you want to configure your system. You CAN use Fat32 for drives larger than 32 gig. I have quite a number of drives of 80 gig or bigger, running Fat32. If you've got a "virgin" computer and want more drive space, I'd add a second drive of whatever size you can afford. That being the case, you might want to use NTFS, but please do read up on NTFS and what the ramifications are of cluster size.

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    Way to go, Mark!

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    <font color=red>Edited by DaveA to add URL code</font color=red>
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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    Robert (Cowboy),
    That is a nice site.

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> Thanks Al <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=7 height=22>
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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    Quite frankly, I think it would be best for you to avoid partition sizes much larger than 20GB. Not hard drives, just partitions. NTFS will use disk space more efficiently on large partitions, but when the drive (logical or physical) is too big, you're still wasting space. Backing up your data also becomes easier if you plan out how much space to allocate for certain things BEFORE you even pick up that mouse. Consider Al's advice on purchasing Partition Magic - in this era of mongo-large hard drives it's almost an essential management tool for your storage.

    I use a 60GB disk in my main desktop PC, and set up the partitions as follows:

    C: - Boot - 8 GB
    D: - Swapfile - 1GB
    E: - Temp - 1GB
    F: - Data 1 - 25 GB (Contains My Documents and Program Files)
    G: - Data 2 - 25 GB (Contains digital media - video, MP3)
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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    I agree with all that is said about FAT32 versus NTFS and why each is good. My main reason for moving forward with the NTFS file system is that I was told that you need to use NTFS for your users to work in an Active Directory environment. This is true isn't it?

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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    It's as true as the fact that you had to install Internet Explorer 4.0 in the midst of the browser wars in order to use Outlook 98 or above...or just about anything else they made at the time.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Yes, AD requires NTFS. And a WHOLE lot of patience.
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    Re: NTFS (Win XP)

    Yes, Active Directory is a slow and tedious rollout. Thank you for confirming what I thought.

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