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FAT or NTFS?

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by noelg24, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    That is the question I am stuck with right now. Just installed Virtual PC and am about to install Win Server 2003 but not sure whether to format in FAT or NTFS...any ideas people? Thanks.
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    NTFS - Realistically if you want to do anything with server 2003 such as Active Directory or security then it needs to be NTFS. 8)
     
  3. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    then NTFS it is...lets see how VPC works it magic...:biggrin..cheers Si..
     
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  4. Fergal1982

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    Fat is limited over NTFS in two factors (i believe):

    1. Its either FAT16 or FAT32 - meaning that the smallest 'chunk' of storage is either 16 or 32 bits. (correct me if im wrong here guys, its been a while since i considered this).

    2. More importantly, Fat doesnt allow file permissions, whereas NTFS does. meaning that with FAT you cant set a file to only be available to a specific group, etc - this is obviously pretty much vital for servers.

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  5. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    well put Fergal...i like that thanks...
     
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  6. hbroomhall

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    On any recent Windows on any normal sized hard disk if you select FAT it will be FAT32.

    FAT32 doesn't describe the storage - it describes the size of the integer used to point to files. The minimum storage will always be one sector - 512 bytes, but on most recent disks will actualy be a multiple of this (called a cluster).

    USB pen drives are a different matter.

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  7. tuvanit

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    NTFS, except you wanna test something with multiboot for Win9x and older :)
     
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  8. ffreeloader

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    I'm glad to see this subject came up. It's always confused me why MS used synonyms to describe two different file systems. :dry
     
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