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FAT32 limitations / file naming conventions vs NTFS

When I have my several NTFS systems backup to the Linksys NSLU2 (which uses FAT32), once in a rare while I get file name issues and need to rename the files.

What are the filename conventions I should avoid when saving files on my NTFS systems so that, when it backs up to this FAT32 NAS, it does not hit a problem?

Are there filename/directory LENGTH differences between FAT32 and NTFS?

Are there CHARACTERS that are legal under NTFS but illegal under FAT32?
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cglenn3932
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rindiCommented:
This is not so much a limitation of the filesystem, but more one of the controlling OS. On your NAS there probably is some sort of *nix OS with a samba server. The filename length can depend on environment settings of that OS, etc.

As a rule of thumb, never use special characters, but just the normal alphabet (no ö ä ü # etc).
These special characters may be usable in some cases, depending on the country and codepage settings of the underlying OS.
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icemanwolCommented:
Also, certin files with encryted data can cause trouble when coping because they loss all encryption when moving over to NTFS
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rindiCommented:
That'll be the other way round, as FATxx does not support encryption, but ntfs does!

:-)
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icemanwolCommented:
Opps, my bad, LOL, did not watch what i was typing :-)
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