Difference between NTFS and FAT32?

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Answered by: Aparna Patil

  • Mar 24th, 2006


NTFS

1)allows access local to w2k,w2k3,XP,win NT4 with SP4 & later may get access for somefile.

2)Maximum size of partition is 2 Terabytes & more.

3)Maximum File size is upto 16TB.

4)File & folder Encryption is possible only in NTFS.

FAT 32

1)Fat 32 Allows access to win 95,98,win millenium,win2k,xp on local partition.

2)Maximum size of partition is upto 2 TB.

3)Maximum File size is upto 4 GB.

4)File & folder Encryption is not possible.

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Aparna Patil

  • Mar 24th, 2006
 

NTFS

1)allows access local to w2k,w2k3,XP,win NT4 with SP4 & later may get access for somefile.

2)Maximum size of partition is 2 Terabytes & more.

3)Maximum File size is upto 16TB.

4)File & folder Encryption is possible only in NTFS.

FAT 32

1)Fat 32 Allows access to win 95,98,win millenium,win2k,xp on local partition.

2)Maximum size of partition is upto 2 TB.

3)Maximum File size is upto 4 GB.

4)File & folder Encryption is not possible.

govind

  • Mar 24th, 2006
 

FAT32= File Allocation Table 32 bit programming syntaxNTFS=Network Table File System FAT32 is for windows 98 and belowNTFS is for XP and linux .

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Anjan Paul

  • Apr 1st, 2006
 

FAT support 8.3 character file name but in NTFS it support 255 characters long file name.

If we parition a smaller size the FAT is advisable as against NTFS because of the large cluster size

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ananth

  • Apr 12th, 2006
 

can u plz tell me the abbreviation of NTFS

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raghunath

  • Apr 15th, 2006
 

FAT (FAT16 and FAT32) and NTFS are two methods for storing data on a hard drive. The hard drive has to either be formatted using one or the other, or can be converted from one to the other (usually FAT to NTFS) using a system tool

NTFS is a high-performance and self-healing file system proprietary to Windows XP 2000 NT, which supports file-level security, compression and auditing. It also supports large volumes and powerful storage solution such as RAID. 
The most important new feature of NTFS is the ability to encrypt files and folders to protect your sensitive data

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raghunath

  • Apr 15th, 2006
 

new technology file system

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Security---------------------------- File /Folder level security

    Support for Dynamic Disks------To Create mirror, raid

    Large volume support-------------16EB

    Disk compression--- --------------To save disk space.

    Disk Quota for users--------------We allocate space for user on file server

    Encryption--------------------------To Encrypt confidential data (even HDD stolen also no way read that)

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Nagaraj

  • Apr 21st, 2006
 

NTFS means New Technology File System

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viswanath

  • Apr 27th, 2006
 

The expantion of NTFS  is New Technology File System.

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abhishek

  • May 14th, 2006
 

NTFS : New Technology File System

not Network Table File System

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nili

  • Jun 14th, 2006
 

New Technology file systems

rohit

  • Jun 29th, 2006
 

NTFS is improved version of FAT32 and all windows OS support this.......

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Raghu

  • Jul 7th, 2006
 

FAT32 can store a file of size 2^31-1 i.e 2 GB only . But NTFS can store more then 2 GB File .

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Vilasini

  • Jul 24th, 2006
 

Hi,

Can anybody say what is RAID & what it does?

Vilasini

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arvind

  • Jul 28th, 2006
 

fat 32: (File Allocation Table)

NTFS: (Network Table File System)

Fat 32 wil support only win95,95,xp

Ntfs will support only xp,2k,2003 etc.

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mohanalkor

  • Sep 2nd, 2006
 

HAI,

  NTFS means newtechnology file system.

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S.Sheshank

  • Sep 7th, 2006
 

New File Technology System

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monggo

  • Nov 23rd, 2006
 

what is the true abbreviation of NTFS? Is it New Technology File System? or Network Table File System?

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Athiq

  • Dec 19th, 2006
 

NTFS-- New technology file system

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SENDURAN.S

  • Mar 19th, 2007
 

network table file system

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Rajesh v

  • Mar 21st, 2007
 

NTFS - New Technology File System

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prakash

  • Apr 6th, 2007
 

Redundant Array of Independant DisksRAID refers to a hard disk technology which can be used to speed up data transfer and/or provide disk redundancy through disk system fault tolerance.

RAID provides these features by utilising more than one hard disk at a time, there are several variations of a RAID configuration referred to as levels.

Each of these levels provide different performance and/or fault tolerance benefits.

RAID configurations are commonly found in data critical applications.

IBM

prakash.k

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anilnayak

  • Apr 9th, 2007
 

RAID means Redundant Array Of Independent Disk. This is a technique in which we can concatenate more than one disk together in a number of ways that can give us many types of storage options. We can also decide which type of storage feature is desired by choosing between the raid level. There are many Types of Raid levels

1)Linear Raid-Disks are appended linearly. If the space in the first disk get over than the data is written in the second disk

2)Raid 0(Striping)-In this type of raid the a file to be stored is broken down into chunks and each chunk is Placed over independent disk. This type of raids provides parallelism. i.e. Fast Read and write operations are performed. But the availabilty of each file is dependent on all the disk. If any one of the disk gets crashed or currupted than the entire data is Lost

Shibu

  • Apr 12th, 2007
 

 All Windows OS support both FAT32 and NTFS. But the main difference is NTFS provide security, FAT32 dosen't.
The main features of NTFS is
Encryption,Compression and Disquata
Also using NTFS we can provide access premission of the  file for a particular user.
eg: we can set Full control, Read,Write,Modified and Dained permission for a particular file.

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saravanan.B.ayyappan

  • Apr 13th, 2007
 


RAID=Redundant array of inexpensive drive

If one of the hard disk fails, the other hard disk will take care of that and up the machine. RAID differs from 0-5.

Saravanan.B.Ayyappan
Precision Infomatics

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John Peeris

  • Apr 24th, 2007
 

Network Table File System

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ABHIJIT

  • Jun 22nd, 2007
 

FAT=File Allocation Table
NTFS=New Technology File System

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ghous

  • Jun 22nd, 2007
 

RAID is Redundent array of independent or inexpensive disk, It is a set of standards to prevent data loss.

raja

  • Jun 29th, 2007
 

FAT32 (FILE allocation table)
It supports maximum 2TB.
Data compression is not possible.
Cant create DNS
Data recovery is difficult.

NTFS (New Technology File System)
It supports 16TB.
Data compression possible
Create DNS
Data recovery is easy comparing FAT32

Prathamesh

  • Aug 18th, 2007
 

You said that FAT32 does not provide the file level security that an NTFS drive would give to its files, to ensure their security. And our OS installations are mostly done in the drive which is a FAT32 type drive and it is quite known that these files of the OS are VERY important and that anything done to these files can result in something bad. So inspite of this limitation why do people generally install the OS in a FAT32 drive?

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ARUN BOTHARAJ

  • Sep 16th, 2007
 

NTFS:-
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* NTFS means New Technology File System.
* This type of file system to storing data in encryption, compression and file level secuirty.
* So, very security.



FAT:-
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* FAT means File Allocation Table.
* This type of file system to storing data in original form.
* So, no security.


Important points:-
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* We can convert file system from FAT to NTFS.
* But, not convert file system from NTFS to FAT.



*** The above  differents are there. ***





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amitranjan

  • Sep 20th, 2007
 

This technology used by hard disk which store mirror image of your current hard disk who is running, because in server sevral task perfoms simultansly if your hard disk fails or crash then what about your data it losses. so for preventing of loss of data we use RAID external hard disk which have SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)and add with servers it will be 1,2,3,4,5 or RAID 6. means always it takes backup of your hard disk and when it crash or fail the raid hard disk support your system with full data who was your on dead hard disk and result is your system nevers go down

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CriteriaNTFS5NTFSFAT32FAT16FAT12
Operting SystemWindows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 2003 Server
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 2003 Server
DOS v7 and higher
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows 2000
Windows XP
DOS
All versions of
Microsoft Windows
DOS
All versions of
Microsoft Windows
Limitations
Max Volume Size2TB2TB32GB for all OS.
2TB for some OS
2GB for all OS.
4GB for some OS
16MB
Max Files on VolumeNearly UnlimitedNearly Unlimited419430465536 
Max File SizeLimit Only by
Volume Size
Limit Only by
Volume Size
4GB minus 2 Bytes2GB (Limit Only
by Volume Size)
16MB (Limit Only
by Volume Size)
Max Clusters NumberNearly UnlimitedNearly Unlimited4177918655204080
Max File Name LengthUp to 255Up to 255Up to 255Standard - 8.3
Extended - up to 255
Up to 254
File System Features
Unicode File NamesUnicode Character SetUnicode Character SetSystem Character SetSystem Character SetSystem Character Set
System Records MirrorMFT Mirror FileMFT Mirror FileSecond Copy of  FATSecond Copy of  FATSecond Copy of  FAT
Boot Sector LocationFirst and Last SectorsFirst and Last SectorsFirst Sector and
Copy in Sector #6
First SectorFirst Sector
File AttributesStandard and CustomStandard and CustomStandard SetStandard SetStandard Set
Alternate StreamsYesYesNoNoNo
CompressionYesYesNoNoNo
EncryptionYesNoNoNoNo
Object PermissionsYesYesNoNoNo
Disk QuotasYesNoNoNoNo
Sparse FilesYesNoNoNoNo
Reparse PointsYesNoNoNoNo
Volume Mount PointsYesNoNoNoNo
Overall Performance
Built-In SecurityYesYesNoNoNo
RecoverabilityYesYesNoNoNo
PerformanceLow on small volumes
High on Large
Low on small volumes 
High on Large
High on small volumes
Low on large
Highest on small volumes
Low on large
High
Disk Space EconomyMaxMaxAverageMinimal on large volumesMax
Fault ToleranceMaxMaxMinimalAverageAverage

udhav

  • Oct 23rd, 2007
 

You cannot apply file level permissions on FAT file system. Only NTFS allows file permissions. Remember that the NTFS file permissions are always in effect to all users and processes.

Udhav Jadhav

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tejal

  • Nov 4th, 2007
 

Redundant Array of Independent Disks

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rajeev Tyagi

  • Nov 12th, 2007
 

NTFS means New Technology File System which is used for Win NT and upper.

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FAT32 is the 32 bit version of FAT. It support smaller cluster size and larger volumes [upto 2 TB] than FAT.
NTFS is an advanced file system that provides performance, security and reliabilty.
These features are not found in any versions of FAT. In NTFS 5.0 one single partition can support 32 EB [1024 TB=1EB]

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the difference between the NTFS and FAT  is FAT(file allocation table )is used mainly in windows 95 and xp,but now a days the new version of windows consists of NTFS(NEWTECHNOLOGY FILE SYSTEM).NTFS supports all type of os.with the help of of the NTFS we can store large amount of data in the hard drive but this is not  the case with FAT.with the help of NTFS we can encript our sensible datas

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Afaq Ansari

  • Jun 16th, 2011
 

NTFS stands for new technology file system or network technology file system. In NTSF partition size can be of 2 TB or more. and file size can be 16 TB. file/folder encryption is done. and it supports file name character upto 255.

FAT32 stands for File allocation table. in FAT32 partition size can be Upto 2 TB. and file size can be 4 GB. file/folder encryption is not possible in FAT32. and it supports file name character upto 8.3.

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NTFS stands for new technology file system or network technology file system. In NTSF partition size can be of 2 TB or more. and file size can be 16 TB. file/folder encryption is done. and it supports file name character upto 255.

FAT32 stands for File allocation table. in FAT32 partition size can be Upto 2 TB. and file size can be 4 GB. file/folder encryption is not possible in FAT32. and it supports file name character upto 8.3.

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VIRENDER

  • Jul 20th, 2011
 

the abbreviation of NTFS
NEW TECHNOLOGY FILE SYSTEM

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kiruba

  • Jul 20th, 2011
 

New Technology file system

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Amit kumar pradhan

  • Jul 28th, 2011
 

NTFS
* There is security button.
* Permission are two types General and Special.

FAT
* No Security button to secure files and folder (File Folder Permission)

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B.C.Rajkumar

  • Aug 10th, 2011
 

New Technology File System

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nimal

  • Sep 5th, 2011
 

ntfs file size 16 gb

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Rajesh

  • Oct 3rd, 2011
 

NTFS

1)allows access local to w2k,w2k3,XP,win NT4 with SP4 & later may get access for some file.

2)Maximum size of partition is 2 Terabytes & more.

3)Maximum File size is upto 16TB.

4)File & folder Encryption is possible only in NTFS.

FAT 32

1)Fat 32 Allows access to win 95,98,win millennium,win2k,xp on local partition.

2)Maximum size of partition is upto 2 TB.

3)Maximum File size is upto 4 GB.

4)File & folder Encryption is not possible.

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Murali

  • Oct 5th, 2011
 

FAT
Fat 16 upto 2GB accepted
Fat 32 upto 40GB accepted
Encription and Decription does not supported in fat
Drive level and folder level permission only

NTFS
NTFS upto supported in TB
Encription and Decription support in NTFS
Drive level, File level and folder level and

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John Wiggins

  • Oct 20th, 2011
 

RAID stands for REDUNDANT ARRAY of INDEPENDENT DRIVES. Under the raid system a group of hard drives are addressed as one storage unit. The data is redundantly (backup copies) stored in such a way that it is possible to recover all of the data even with the total failure of as many as two of the drives in the RAID. RAIDs are used where extremely large amounts of storage capacity and high reliability is required. Today most pre-recorded television programs are recorded and played back from RAID file servers.

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vijayraj

  • Jan 5th, 2012
 

fat32:- is limit for file name it contain 8 character
ntfs:-over limit for fat32 ntfs contain a 8.3(expresion) long file name

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sanjay kumar prajapati

  • Jan 7th, 2012
 

NTFS

1)allows access local to w2k,w2k3,XP,win NT4 with SP4 & later may get access for somefile.

2)Maximum size of partition is 2 Terabytes & more.

3)Maximum File size is upto 16TB.

4)File & folder Encryption is possible only in NTFS.

FAT 32

1)Fat 32 Allows access to win 95,98,win millenium,win2k,xp on local partition.

2)Maximum size of partition is upto 2 TB.

3)Maximum File size is upto 4 GB.

4)File & folder Encryption is not possible.

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madan ingnam

  • Apr 5th, 2012
 

New Technology File System

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NTFS - New Technology File System

  • May 24th, 2012
 

NTFS
1)allows access local to w2k,w2k3,XP,win NT4 with SP4 & later may get access for somefile.
2)Maximum size of partition is 2 Terabytes & more.
3)Maximum File size is upto 16TB.
4)File & folder Encryption is possible only in NTFS.
FAT 32
1)Fat 32 Allows access to win 95,98,win millennium,win2k,xp on local partition.
2)Maximum size of partition is upto 2 TB.
3)Maximum File size is upto 4 GB.
4)File & folder Encryption is not possible.

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krishna

  • Jul 7th, 2012
 

New Tecnology File System

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PARTHA

  • Jul 9th, 2012
 

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a type of storage technology that combines multiple disk drive components into one logical unit.
There are different levels in RAID storage basic levels are RAID0,RAID1,RAID2,RAID3,RAID4,RAID5,RAID6.

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Jigar

  • Jul 26th, 2012
 

NTFS : New Technology File System

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sridhar.J

  • Aug 8th, 2012
 

FAT 32 Less security

NIFS More security

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Rohit Behal

  • Oct 5th, 2012
 

NTFS= New Technology File System. or Network Technology File System

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Allaya

  • Dec 3rd, 2012
 

New Technology File System

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ali shahwar

  • Jul 4th, 2013
 

new technology file system

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rahul

  • Sep 14th, 2013
 

fat-file allocation table,not secure mostly used in win 98 and flash drive.
NTFS:-new technology file system,secure,more feature than fat,like encryption,decryption

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Vitish

  • Nov 7th, 2013
 

New technology file system

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Prashant

  • Dec 10th, 2014
 

you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB

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nigam

  • Jun 2nd, 2015
 

FAT
1.it creats file allocated table.
2.dos support.
3.maximum size 32 gb.
4. convert fat to ntfs without data loss.
5.not support encryption, disk quota, compression.

NTFS
1.create main file table.
2.maximum partition size 2 tb.
3.not support dos mode.
4.support encryption,compression,diskquota.
5.not convert ntfs to fat without third party

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