NTFS or FAT???

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jaxstate, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. jaxstate macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    I'm about to load XP on my MBP, and I don't really know the difference between the two.
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    If you don't know the difference and you're working on a Mac, choose FAT(32).

    OS X can read and write FAT disks, but I believe it can only read NTFS disks because the format is protected.
  3. jaxstate thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    Thanks for the info FAT32 it is.
  4. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    I disagree, NTFS is the way to go.

    NTFS is more reliable and uses space better. Plus -- and this is the important part -- OS X can't write to NTFS. That makes the Windows partition a bit more secure, IMO. I don't want OS X writing to Windows (and vice versa), messing up my partitions.

    If file sharing between OS X and Windows on the same machine is important, than FAT32 might be your best option.
  5. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Yeah if its Fat 32 you'll end up with .ds store files all over the bloody place. Horrid.

    As Abulia says, NTFS is more secure and has been the defacto standard for windows pro users for a long time. You can always share info with a usb stick or external drive.
  6. stoavio macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2006
  7. andrewface macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2006
    i like fat because i can access files from the mac side which i find very helpful
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    It says Apple cannot write to NTFS, but can Windows write to the Mac partition?

    Also, I was told that NTFS can be hard to get rid of (never got an explanation, so if it's wrong, don't shoot the messenger). ;)
  9. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    No it's not hard to get rid of. That was only back in the day with windows NT... With bootcamp, to delete windows you just click - restore my drive. It gets rid of windows without any hassle.

    Yes you can write to your macdrve in windows by using an application which enables windows to see your macdrive. Funny enough its called macdrive :)

    BUT!!!! If your pc can see and write to your macdrive, it's very possible should you get a virus n windows, it could infect and damage files in your mac partition/drive.

    Use a usb stick, its safe and less hassle than having to re-install your entire drive.
  10. princealfie macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
  11. dasy2k1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2006
    another big issue

    FAT 32 can only handle files up to 4GB in size,
    NTFS can handle much larger files, not normally a problem unless you are making DVDs, (or downloiading DVD image files)
  12. ssteve macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    NTFS of course

    NTFS is a much better file system than FAT32. The easiest way to think of it is just a tighter ship. I really do not want to write to the other partition anyway. The only advantage to being able to write to the XP partition from OSX is space issues. I just say buy an external drive if you need more space. Really the only reason I have XP installed anyway is because of kids games. Every once in awhile, I will write code for work as I use Microsoft software for my job.
  13. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    I think a good idea for a hard disk is to have a HFS+, NTFS, and a FAT32 for swapping files between OS environments

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