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Topic: NTFS vs FAT32 for Sample Drive

  1. #1
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    Dec 2003
    Los Angels

    NTFS vs FAT32 for Sample Drive

    Just wondering the opinion of everyone (using a PC,non-mac) on which format I should format my drive for.

    It\'s 80GB, system is NTFS and the older sample drives are fat32.


  2. #2

    Re: NTFS vs FAT32 for Sample Drive

    NTSF definetly, then it can catelog your drive for faster seek times, I don\'t believe FAT32 can do that...

  3. #3

    Re: NTFS vs FAT32 for Sample Drive

    The indexing you are referring to Alan is only for faster file searching and has no bearing on audio performance. In fact, any tweaking guide you can find will recommend to turn it off.

    NTFS is actually slightly slower than FAT32.
    But NTFS performs better on large partitions, has better stability and security.

    One thing to watch out for though, any Windows 9x version cant read NTFS at all. You\'ll need either; NT, 2000 or XP to read an NTFS drive. (In fact they read both file formats)

    There is a story about Chance Thomas getting caught out at a studio, he brought his NTFS drives in and the studio had Windows ME. Apparently the studio sorted it out but it is something to keep in mind, NTFS wont be compatible everywhere.

    Having said that though, all Windows 9X version are in decline and will no longer be supported. I styick with NTFS for greater drive security and better performance on large (+20 gig) partitions.

  4. #4
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    Jul 1999
    Winsted, CT

    Re: NTFS vs FAT32 for Sample Drive

    > Windows 9x version cant read NTFS at all

    This is on the same computer, of course. Over a network, there\'s no problem.

  5. #5

    Re: NTFS vs FAT32 for Sample Drive

    Thats true. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] I was talking in reference to a same machine scenario.

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