which is better fat32 or ntfs

By abhinit90
Apr 20, 2007
  1. i wanted to find out that which is better ntfs or fat32
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Define "better".
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,342   +622

    FAT32 is a universal filesystem; it can be mounted on Macs, Linux, and all flavors
    of Windows.

    NTFS is a journaling filesystem, which makes it more robust.
    It is the default, for all Windows Systems since Win/Nt
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    As implied in the prior 2 responses, you are going to need to explain some things. Such as the size drive/partition you are talking about, type of drive, expected use, and any other thing you can think of before getting an actual answer.
  5. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    If by better you mean speed, in very few cases fat is a wee bit faster.
    If by better you mean your data is more likely to be there after a crash you want ntfs.

    If I can use ntfs I do it in all cases,
  6. new2thisword

    new2thisword TS Rookie

    yo ntfs

    foget it, i don think u will b using windows 98?
    if u r not then go for ntfs, its equally good plus the security is much higher
    cheers :y
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Yes, and when he tries to use his NTFS-formatted flash drive on a Mac or a Linux machine or a DVD player or whatever, he is screwed.
  8. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    Price you pay I guess.
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