FAT32 limitations / file naming conventions vs NTFS

Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
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?
Question by:cglenn3932
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    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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    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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    That'll be the other way round, as FATxx does not support encryption, but ntfs does!

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

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