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My primary partition of my server is in FAT format. This is a waste of space. Drive reports 600 megs free when it should be 1.6 GIGS. Should I change it to NTFS or leave it FAT ??
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by:armands
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It may be so because you have the lost clusters on your FAT partition. On FAT disks it's happens. You must repair your disk and then make decision to change to NTFS or not. Of course the NTFS is safer.
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by:Lizard
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I know about lost clusters in FAT, but what I was looking for was advice/suggestions/pros-cons on which format is better to use in my primary partition. Armand you say NTFS is safer...why ??
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barthollis earned 120 total points
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You could convert it to NTFS.  There are advantages to doing this as well as disadvantages.

If you convert it to NTFS, you will not be able to access for disaster recovery by booting from a DOS floppy.  You gain faster access time on larger (greater than 500 megs) disks by using NTFS.  NTFS lets you set security on individual files is that is an issue for you.  NTFS has some built in recovery utils that make it somewhat more secure.

I gather by your description, you have one large drive.  Although it would mean a re-install, the best answer I have found is to partition a 4 or 5 hundred meg drive as C:, leave it FAT for recovery purposes, then use the rest as one or more NTFS drives.

I split mine into D: for Programs and install all programs that are not part of the operating system here.  The rest is for data where I put all the "stuff" I create.  That way I can backup just E drive on a daily basis.

This is, of course, not the final answer.  There are utilities or drivers that will let you access NTFS drives from DOS.  There are programs that will let you partition a drive without losing the data.  The way I suggested is free.  It only requires time.

You have to be the final judge.

Hope this helps.

barthollis
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by:Lizard
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Thanks barthollis
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