NTFS harddisk can't use with the other PC, right ?

My 2nd harddisk is NTFS.
I use it as backup harddisk..and..share the data with my friend.

1. It can't use with the other PC, right ?
2. The best way to use FAT32, right ?


tong111797Asked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Hi tong,
> 1. It can't use with the other PC, right ?

An NTFS hard drive can be used with ANY computer that can understand the NTFS file system.  That means ANY 2000 or XP or 2003 system will read the drive just fine.  IF there are permissions on the files, the administrator of whatever system the drive is connected to can reset those permissions and gain access to the files.

> 2. The best way to use FAT32, right ?
I avoid FAT32 - it's old, doesn't handle files over 4GB, and I just don't see any point to using it nowadays.

Cheers!
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tong111797Author Commented:
Thank you.

>  IF there are permissions on the files, the administrator of whatever system the drive is connected to can reset those permissions and gain access to the files.

We need to manual reset permission or it's automatic gain access ?

Move NTFS harddisk between 2 or 3 PCs does not comfortable ?


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masnrockCommented:
Manual.

You might not like NTFS the most for a hard drive that you're sharing between multiple machines for that exact reason. If it bothers you that much, use FAT32... but leew's given you part of the technical explanation for why NTFS is better. It's a hell of a lot more efficient.
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DisorganiseCommented:
If you don't explicitly alter the file permissions you shouldn't have any worries sharing the drive.  I think that's why leew capitalised the word 'if' - convert it to an italic to read more emphasis.

If you simply format the drive in NTFS and then copy data to it, then plug it into another machine you'll be able to access the data.  NTFS is better than FAT32 because it has transactional logs built in, like a database - this makes it much less susceptable to data corruption since it can 'roll back' a data write if the drive is found to be 'dirty' - eg, the power went off suddenly rather than having a graceful shutdown.
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tong111797Author Commented:
One thing,   How to set no permission or permission for full control ?

Just add Everyone > Permission > Allow > Full Control ?
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