Fat32 or NTFS

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Why would a user format thier drive to Fat32 or NTFS.. what would be the diference?
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Top Expert 2013
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On a windows desktop always use NTFS, you get security and much more reliability that way, some differences outlined here  http://www.theeldergeek.com/ntfs_or_fat32_file_system.htm

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NTFS - no contest
Larger disk size
Large MAx file size (unlimited in practice - FAT32 has a 4Gb limit per file)
Security
Fault Tollerance
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Backward compatibility with Windows OSes that are pre-Windows 2000 would be the only reason to do so. FAT32 is horribly insecure, but most OSes outside of Windows will read from devices formatted with it. You can't, however, configure file permissions with FAT32, so everyone has access to everything on a FAT32 drive.
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Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Dang...Three way tie. Haven't had one of those yet :D
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
haha, yeah that is rare...at least they know to use NTFS :)

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thanks everyone !

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