NTFS or FAT what should be the choice?

By mdimran1 ·
I simply have a dekstop with pentium D
HDD 250 GB,

I wish to partition it in a nice manner, such that i can keep one ( or two OS ), one of which would be XP PRO. and rest of partitions for my various types of data.

having read lot about benefits of NTFS, I am still not clear what should be the choice for me?

one ( or a few ) NTFS partitions for OS's ?
All partitions NTFS ?

Half NTFS and half FAT32?

I do'nt want to utilize file encryption (if) in NTFS

in case of bad events of data corruption, are there good utilities to recover/ repair NTFS partitions?

for FAT32 I know few utilities which directly boot a PC independent of OS and provide recovery/repair environment at very deep level, fat32 file system is easy to understand in those bad days.

please suggest

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OS Partitions

by TheChas In reply to After many replies....

IMHO, 15 GB is too small for an OS partition. I would seriously consider going with 64GB or so for each OS.

But, if you normally end up with 5 GB or so of free space on a 15GB OS partition, it could work.

Keep in mind that at least for the OS partition, Windows does need to have a minimum of 4 GB of free space or 20% of the hard drive if the drive is larger than 20GB.

If you want to be able to do a good post mortum when Windows crashes, your page file or virtual memory on the boot drive MUST be at least as large as physical memory.

For partitions under 20 GB, I would say the choice is yours for NTFS versus FAT32. You know how you plan to use the drive and what works for that usage.

As to the 64 bit version of XP. Unless you have 64 bit software that you need to run, I would stick with the 32 bit version.

I usually find that system crashes are related to running out of memory. Real or virtual. If your OS partition is too small, you may not have enough virtual memory space. Also if you install and uninstall application software a lot, you can create memory leaks.


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RE: After many replies

by Jacky Howe In reply to NTFS or FAT what should b ...

1- You will end up getting lost with 15 Partitions. I would personally purchase a Hard drive for each Operating System and use a Bootloader to switch between them or Use a Virtual Environment.
You can have four Primary Partitions.
By replacing one of the four primary partitions with an extended partition, you can then make an additional 24 logical partitions within the extended one. The table below illustrates this.

Partition Table
Primary Partition #1
Primary Partition #2
Primary Partition #3
Primary Partition #4 (Extended Partition)
Logical Partition #1
Logical Partition #2 and so on...

2- Source your software that you will be using before going down this track. There is no sense installing 64bit if you can't find anything to run.

3- NTFS file system provides for greatly increased security, file?by?file compression, quotas, and even encryption. Another good reason to choose NTFS over FAT 32 is the stability of the file system. NTFS handles space management much more efficiently than FAT32. Cluster sizes play an important part in how much disk space is wasted storing files. NTFS provides smaller cluster sizes and less disk space waste than FAT32.

4- Any Operating system on any Hard drive can suffer from a sudden power outage. The answer to that is to use an (UPS) Uninteruptable Power Supply.

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Just add

by Jacky Howe In reply to RE: After many replies

that there were a few more Helpful replies. Thanks for the Thumbs.

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NTFS Imaging?

by mdimran1 In reply to NTFS or FAT what should b ...

Well having had much discussed on NTFS,

Please suggest some good imaging softwares which works on NTFS

I am used to GHOST for CREATE <----> RESTORE bootable images of Windows OS with FAT32.


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I used to use Ghost as well but now I use ImageX

by Jacky Howe In reply to NTFS Imaging?

anyway here is a list of freebies and an extra bit thrown in.

The HDClone Free Edition

Tip: <i>Don't forget to do the Pagefile mod to turn it off and later turn back it back on Shutdown to save a bit of space in the Image. Local Security Settings, Local Policies, Security Options, Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile.</i>

A bit more advanced but also free and great for a complete backup.

The capture and restore commands are in the link below. If you want to be able to do this yourself download and install the AIK.

Quick and dirty guide to create PE boot key and capture/apply images using imagex

<a href="" target="_blank"><u>guide to create PE boot key</u></a>

What is ImageX?

<a href="" target="_blank"><u>ImageX</u></a>

With a decent size USB drive you can capture and save the Operating System to a USB drive.

Read the .chm help files in the AIK

The Vista Recovery CD can read from USB.

The Windows Vista Recovery CD can be used to Boot to a Command Prompt where you can run certain Commands.

Boot from the CD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt.

It does'nt matter if the Default OS is XP it can still be used on XP PRO or Home.

<b>Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD</b>

Edit: LOL formatting again

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Wow I wish I could give you several thumbs up for helpfulness!

by Charles Bundy In reply to I used to use Ghost as we ...

Beacuse of you I have discovered HDclone and MS SyncToy! Thank you!

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Wow I wish I could give y ...

only the the OP can award Thumbs. But I'm glad that I was able to help.

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send money !!!

by computechdan In reply to LOL

the poor bugger is umemployed

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by Jacky Howe In reply to send money !!!

Thanks for the thought.

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by Oz_Media In reply to NTFS or FAT what should b ...

Anything from Win2K onward, your best bet is NTFS. FAT is far to limited, I didn't think anyone still used FAT partitions.

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