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    NTFS Disk (XP Home)

    I recently upgraded my computer from W98SE to XP Home. I don't remember ever being offered to upgrade my disk from FAT32 to NTFS during that process. Now I have XP Home running on FAT32 disk and it appears to be working OK. I know there are security features that NTFS has which FAT32 does not. But I am trying to decide whether it is worth converting from FAT32 to NTFS and, if so, what precautions and procedure should I observe before and during the conversion. (Also, currently when I run System Information in Norton SystemWoorks 2003, the program just abrubtly stops and never completes the disk analysis. But no problems are reported with Norton Disk Doctor.)

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    Re: NTFS Disk (XP Home)

    I'd say that NTFS is nice but not essential for home use (perhaps I'm in for a lot of flack now...). It has many advantages in a corporate network environment, but most of them are not relevant at home.

    See Choosing between NTFS, FAT, and FAT32 and NTFS vs FAT.

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    Re: NTFS Disk (XP Home)

    You might get some help from this thread and this site:

    NTFS vs. FAT 32 Lounge Thread Win 2K July 31, 03

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    NTFS.com

    NTFS vs. FAT Comparing Performance

    If you scroll down on the link above you will get substantial FAT 32 information.

    Also for reference/perspective check out:

    Tech Talk: NTFS vs. FAT 32

    Windows XP XPert Zone: NTFS vs. FAT 32: Which is right for you?

    Enjoy.

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    Re: NTFS Disk (XP Home)

    Thanks to all for the responses and information. The way I read some of these experiences, it seems that unless I have some burning need to convert to NTFS, just stick with FAT32. My system seesm to operate Ok with FAT32 after my upgrade to XP Home. I am the only person using my computer so I don't need the additional file security. I can't find any reason to convert and take a chance that I will encounter problems I don't presently have.

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    Re: NTFS Disk (XP Home)

    That is correct Jim.

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    Re: NTFS Disk (XP Home)

    My new systen came with Windows XP Home NTFS. I have found that Norton's SpeedDisk works much faster with the NTFS partitions than the FAT32 partitions.

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

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    Re: NTFS Disk (XP Home)

    That's interesting. I wonder if it would prove true of all the defraggers--probably. If you search with terms like defrag faster NTFS it's not hard to find articles trying to explain this.

    Use NTFS for Faster Drive Access PC Mag but not much here

    The Whole Drive Guide

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