View Full Version : Convert to NTFS?

24-06-2007, 09:59 PM
such a weird question to ask in 2007..but recently used the recovery function on a notebook and ... the system was restored to this:

C: holding system 20Gb
D: for data 20Gb

and..both in fat32

because of the smallish partition size
is it still worth it to convert to ntfs?

I don't care about security and compression or 4Gb limit
I'm most concerned about performance
would a partition this small still benefit by nfts?

24-06-2007, 11:11 PM
well not really i think.....but hey, my hard drive 80GB, of course it is better off on NTFS

this hard drive i got used to be on FAT32 operation, running windows xp was not stable at all, easily crashed

but after i have converted to NTFS, it is very good n faster too.....

24-06-2007, 11:12 PM
If it isn't broken, why fix it?
I personally found that with an older system, it was faster to leave it in FAT32.

24-06-2007, 11:58 PM
okay then..might just leave it
the funny thing was how it's running xp but recovers to a fat32 partition..
thought m$ told prebuilt system builders to go with ntfs

also..after reading a bit I came across how ntfs stores filename with unicode
so does it mean only with fat32 filenames can't contain character from foreign languages?

25-06-2007, 04:21 AM
I didn't know that once you were in NTFS you COULD return to FAT anything...!

I've been told repeatedly that once you're set into the NTFS condition, only a format and re-install could go to FAT, FAT16 or FAT32....as of course, you'd then rewrite everything and it wouldn't matter anyway.

Any comments from experts?

25-06-2007, 09:48 AM
no don't think you can go from ntfs to fat
I was thinking about converting fat32 to nfts and that's doable

Speedy Gonzales
25-06-2007, 09:50 AM
I think u can convert back to FAT32 but you'll need a 3rd party program.

25-06-2007, 11:34 PM
IMO why would you want to run a modern OS on a Windows 9x file system? NTFS has security and journaling to provide robustness that is not there in FAT32.

Rod J
26-06-2007, 10:22 PM
You can definitely convert any partition type to any other type using Partition Magic without losing any data.

26-06-2007, 10:29 PM
IMO why would you want to run a modern OS on a Windows 9x file system?

Because you might want to access it from DOS.
Like I do.

26-06-2007, 11:59 PM
Because you might want to access it from DOS.
Like I do.

Very true. And you might want to install a linux version as well.
As PCTEK says. FAT32 has some advantanges.