Fat32 vs NTFS partition

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  1. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Is Fat32 slower in any way vs NTFS? The only thing I know about the two is that fat32 has a limited file size of 4 gig and NTFS does not. Also, you can write to fat32 in osx but not NTFS. Anything else I'm missing? THanks.
     
  2. weg macrumors 6502a

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    NTFS is much safer than FAT32, it's less likely that NTFS gets corrupted.
    Here's a comparison: http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

    If you're using Windows, there's no reason to use FAT32. If you're using a Mac, it's more problematic. Unless you want to make sure that other OSs can read your harddisk, you should use HFS+. However, if you really want a file-system that can be read by most OSs, then you'll have to go for FAT32 or EXT2 (even though if you don't use Linux - it's one of the few "modern" file systems for which you will find Mac OS as well as Windows drivers).
     
  3. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    ok thanks. Just to clarify, this is for the bootcamp partition
     
  4. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    Well what the other guy said there's a less likely chance for the disk to get corrupted if u used NTFS on your windows partition.

    Within the first week of running Windows XP SP2 on a FAT32 I got the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) because it got corrupted, I then reinstalled Windows and so far I've only had to run check disk once under Win XP within the past 2 months to repair a problem.

    The reason I use Fat32 for windows is sometimes for example I'll be working on a project in MAC OS X and I want to test it in windows, I can just drag the file into the Windows partition and run bootcamp to test it under windows.

    If you don't need that kind of accessibility I suggest you stick with NTFS, much safer to run windows under.
     
  5. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I do have a 1 gig flash drive. I'm thinking I might to NTFS and use that to transfer files. Any thoughts on that? To bad osx can't write to NTFS =\
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    If I was in your situation, that's what I would do. Make your Bootcamp partition NTFS and use the flash drive to transfer stuff back and forth.
     
  7. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    This is solely a preference type of thing, the only thing I didn't like when I did NTFS was that bootcamp left a hard drive icon with the name UNTITLED on my desktop. Since it was NTFS I couldn't change the icon or anything, but I'm sure there is probably a work around to make it disappear under OS X.

    Now that you mention it with the extra 1gig flash drive, it does seem like a more practical solution to transfer files between the two partitions!
     
  8. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    Well I've got good news for you. Here are drivers for OS X that will allow you to read and write to NTFS partitions. I've been using it for about a week or two now and it works great. I, like you, was unsure of which way to go. After a little thought I figured I'd just go NTFS and found that driver a few months after the fact, which turned out to make it the best decision. Just follow the first few steps in bold on the first post and you'll be all set. Hope you enjoy it.

    Also, as nateDEEZY pointed out, you weren't allowed to change the name or the icon of your NTFS partition previously. With macFUSE, you can now change the icon and the name of the partition.
     
  9. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    Well well well!! You changed my plans for this weekend! I'm definitely going to make the switch to NTFS and use the drivers!

    I'm definitely going to give this a try, now I don't have to be so stingy on what I install on the Windows Partition!

    Thanks.
     
  10. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    wow awesome!

    this is legit right? not breaking some microsoftish terms of agreement or something?
     
  11. janey macrumors 603

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    it's the ntfs-3g ntfs support for linux fuse that amit singh ported to macosx. there shouldn't be any problems using it.

    http://www.ntfs-3g.org/
     

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