Answer for:

NTFS or FAT what should be the choice?

Message 22 of 21

View entire thread
0 Votes

Well, I would make any partition for Windows XP be a NTFS volume.

First of all, the Microsoft FDISK utility is limited to around 137 GB for a FAT32 volume. If you have the last update that Microsoft sent out for Windows 98.

If you are formatting your drive with the Windows XP utility, you will be limited to 32 GB per each FAT32 logical drive. You will end up with at least 8 logical drives if you partition a 250 GB drive as FAT32 volumes.

The only exception would be if you plan to dual boot Linux on this system. Then you need to research the file system for the version of Linux you plan to use.

One final note: You do need XP Service Pack 1 or higher to have support for large hard drives.