Any reason not to use FAT32?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by erkanasu, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. erkanasu macrumors 6502

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    Anyone htink of a reason not to partition with FAT32 instaead of windows nt file system? ill be playing steam games mostly...
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Yes, if you want to have files over 2GB, for just Steam games it shouldn't be a problem.
     
  3. Slakerr macrumors newbie

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    It is a 4GB file limit on FAT32
     
  4. slughead macrumors 68030

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    There's more than just the 2gb file size limit

    A hard crash in XP (which happened to me twice during installation) can cause fat32 files to be corrupted for no reason.

    NTFS, however, protects against that sort of thing as much as is possible.

    edit: plus I don't think you can run XP from fat32
     
  5. slughead macrumors 68030

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    Oh wow I really haven't posted here since 2003.. crazy
     
  6. skipsandwichdx macrumors regular

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    You can run XP from fat32. I don't think you can read/write on the windows partition from OS X if it's NTFS.
     
  7. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    is it a 4gb file limit, or 4gb transfer limit... aka, if i slowly create a file that's 4gb, can fat32 take it so long as i dont move it all over the place? or i cannot have a file that's 4gb period?
     
  8. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    Go NTFS. There is no reason not too. It's a more stable file system, among other things. It's too bad Microsoft won't be releasing WinFS with Vista. That had some promise.
     
  9. adk macrumors 68000

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    For some odd reason, FAT32 does not allow any files greater than 4GB.
     

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