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What is the difference between FAT and NTFS file system?

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Asked by AMOL ARVIND MORAJKAR, 19 Oct '07 04:19 pm
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You will almost always get the same answer: Go for NTFS! It has better security! Better this! Better that!

Folks, Im here to tell you that that isnt always the case, nothing is that clear cut (Life is never clear cut, rule no.1) and that the best solution is to have both file systems.


Well, Which One Should I Choose?

I cant choose for you. I dont know your situation, nor know your needs, you environment and so on. The choice to go for either FAT or NTFS will entirely hinge on how you will use your hard disk. The easiest way to do that is to list the features of both file systems.
Answered by anil garg, 16 Jan '13 02:46 pm

 
  
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FAT OVERVIEW
FAT is by far the most simplistic of the file systems supported by Windows NT. The FAT file system is characterized by the file allocation table (FAT), which is really a table that resides at the very "top" of the volume. To protect the volume, two copies of the FAT are kept in case one becomes damaged. In addition, the FAT tables and the root directory must be stored in a fixed location so that the system's boot files can be correctly located.

A disk formatted with FAT is allocated in clusters, whose size are determined by the size of the volume. When a file is created, an entry is created in the directory and the first cluster number containing data is established. This entry in the FAT table either indicates that this is the last cluster of the file, or points to the next cluster.

Updating the FAT table is very important as well as time consuming. If the FAT table is not regularly updated, it can lead to data loss. It is time consuming because the disk read hea ...more
Answered by Kishor Kanti Mandal, 19 Jul '08 04:36 pm

 
  
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The FAT file system supports to the environment which is the related to the DOS but the NTFS is the windows supported file system. NTFS file system is much better then the FAT
Answered by salim sayyad, 31 May '08 11:34 pm

 
  
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The old FAT (File Allocation Table) file system was developed originally.

The NTFS file system, introduced with first version of Windows NT, is a completely different file system from FAT.
Answered by Krishnakumar G. Nair, 20 Oct '07 04:32 pm

 
  
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FAT - File Allocation table & NTFS - New Technology File System are the ways by which a computer store a data on you hard disks & executes it. FAT has 2 varients FAT16 & FAT 32. NTFS is old but is good one & does not get infected by virus as easily as FAT gets.
Answered by mahesh, 20 Oct '07 12:46 pm

 
  
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Every file you store in computer will have allocation area whose address is stored in a file system. FAT is file allocation table which is DOS format and also used by windows 3.1, 98 etc. then microsoft decided to use new file system which will be fast efficient and handle more tables. it started from Windows NT and continuing for new versions of windows. NT stands for new technology . new technology file system or file sysytem for windows NT.
Answered by krishnamoorthi venkataswamy, 19 Oct '07 06:16 pm

 
  
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FAT is a file allocation table where is NTFS is new technology file system. Both from Microsoft Corporation. Basically this is place where reference of any file is located.
Answered by D chhetri, 19 Oct '07 04:22 pm

 
  
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