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    NTFS vs FAT32

    Here's some (current) history and update/opinion:

    I, after *much* problem (including, but not limited to, Viruses, BIOS shortcomings, and my own lack of knowledge) got converted over from FAT 32 to NTFS.

    I went (am in the process of going) back to FAT 32. Here's the crux of the issue:

    After the virus(es) was (were) gone, I then discovered that my BIOS was outdated, and unable, on it's own, to see past 8 gigs. Interestingly, Win 2000 doesn't care about the BIOS, and read the disk fine, which is partly why I didn't "notice" the problem. When I did, I saw it as a conflict between the BIOS and Win 2000.

    When I went into FDISK (DOS) it SHOWED the proper partitions, so, again, I saw no problem, and deleted all partitions, wanting to re-partition at slightly different sizes.

    So, being a good boy, I backed up ALL my data, and proceeded to delete my partitions -- this is where I found my outdated BIOS, so (after ordering a new chip) I carried on....

    Win 2000, on an EMPTY disk, was able to see the size, set the partitions, and install properly...

    So then we came to restoring the data from my Norton Ghost partition images.

    All of my FAT 32 backups read just fine, and restored properly.

    So I wanted, using Norton Ghost Explorer, to pick up the missing data files from my NTFS partition images.

    NONE (of 3) of my NTFS backups would read. I kept getting a message about multiple CD's and excessive swapping, both of which I was prepared for, since this was a MAJOR restoration.... but after 4 hours and about 45 tries, I gave up swapping the first and last CD of the backup, with NOTHING ending up being read.

    SO, then I had to worry about lost data...

    Thanks to a previous post from SMBP, and the download of READNTFS, I have been able to transfer almost all (minus 5 files out of some 39M) of my data files from NTFS to FAT 32... but the converter does NOT bring over long file names, so that is making life pretty interesting now...

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    CONCLUSION:
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    I found NTFS to be extremely stable, BUT in a private (home or *small* business) neither overly additionally useful, or necessary.

    In addition, unless you are in a situation where your resources and needs match the additional resource need, NTFS adds unduly work requirements to an otherwise easily managed situation.

    Feedback is more than invited, since I am admittedly TOTALLY new to this arena, and am definitely on the *learning* track.

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    Chuck,
    I agree with you conclusion. I have seen NO need in using NTFS in the home, with the exception for those who need the learn about it. The headaches one gets is NOT worth the time. I have seen several people be locked out of thier machines because they did NOT follow the instructions.

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

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    Dave:

    And on top of "not knowing the instructions" there are "limitations" to NTFS, albeit concessions made for security and stability, that not only have no benefits for the smaller user, but dramatically increase the cost in hardware and time... which a smaller user, again, gains no benefits from.

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    How come they can't come up with a Fat64?

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    It may be in the works, now that they have 64 bit processors <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

    Would be very cool.

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    Cowboy:
    What, you trying to make my life *pure* hell on earth? I *just* got straightened out, and so you....

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    Well I never <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15> OK maybe just a little.

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    Yea, maybe....

    I'll just have to keep track of you guys so that I'm halfway current when after Santa comes...

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    OH man. Tell Santa tha Devil made me do it. I blacked out or something. Or maybe is was my evil twin Brother. Yeah thats the ticket. Yeah now I remember, it was my Brother whom I don't speak to. <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: NTFS vs FAT32

    Cowboy:

    Santa doesn't give a rip who made me do it... he went to the same school as my father "... yeh yeh yeh... but who's paying for all this?"...

    So I'm on the wire for a while yest....

    Ah life...

    Regards,
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