Comparison of NTFS and FAT32

We all know that FAT and NTFS are totally different files system.FAT32 (File Allocation Table) is an old file system; it is simple and readable to work on a large number of operating systems. But, recently, it is understood that the usage of FAT 32 always been replaced by NTFS-the superior partition format.

NTFS (New Technology File System) is the standard file system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. NTFS supersedes the FAT32 as the preferred file system for Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.

By comparison of NTFS and FAT32, it’s easy to find that NTFS has more advantages than FAT file system. The listed below are the advantages of NTFS.

• Allows indexing which improves file searching (mostly, faster).
• Better security – file encryption (except Win XP home)
• Supports user quotas.
• File compression to save disk space.
• Supports larger files than FAT (greater than 4GB).
• Supported format on dynamic disks (except Win XP Home).
• Resistant to fragmentation.

2. How to Convert FAT32 to NTFS

1). Open Command Prompt, press “Windows & R” key, input “cmd” and then press “Enter”.

2). in the command prompt window, type: convert drive_letter: /fs: ntfs

Pay attention to here, typing “convert D: /fs:ntfs:” would format drive D: with the NTFS format according to your own requirement. And once you convert a FAT32 partition to NTFS, you cannot simply convert it back to FAT32 because you have to reformat the drive or partition which will erase all data. So, before formatting, back up the data if necessary.



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