What is the differences between fat and ntfs?

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What is the differences between fat and ntfs? I need some definition for fat and ntfs systems and also kindly explain the difference and similarities of their features. I need this for a school report regarding my documentation and other stuff includes my IT subjects. I hope you can help me.


Deborah Hall.

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What is the differences between fat and ntfs?




The two methods of storing data on a hard drive are the FAT (FAT16 and FAT32) and NTFS.

FAT or the File Allocation Table is primarily the same file system that has been used on Computers since the DOS days, with lots of modifications done to make it to work with larger hard drives.

NTFS was developed to work in Windows NT including the versions, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 to help large hard drives from the get-go and to also secure against different errors that usually ruin FAT volumes.

NTFS is much better than FAT, because of its improved support for metadata, disk space utilization and its reliability with the use of advanced data structure, better security and many more.

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What is the differences between fat and ntfs?



Hi Deborah Hall,

FAT stands for File Allocation

NTFS stands for New Technology File System

FAT is an old file system. It is simple, and supported by many operating systems. There are two kinds of FAT. FAT16 was developed for DOS in 1981, and FAT32 was developed in service pack 2 for Windows 95. Actually, FAT32 is an extension of FAT16. Some operating systems can recognize FAT16 but cannot recognize FAT32.

Some advantages of FAT:

–          Requires less of RAM

–          Can work with small and average folders

–          Can work on slow disk

Some disadvantages of FAT:

–          Works with big files hardly

–          Works with folders which have many files slowly

NTFS is a new file system. It has many new features, properties, and different even within service packs of the same operating system.

Some advantages of NTFS:

–          Can work with small files quickly

–          Can work with fragment data

–          Can work with folders which have many files

Some disadvantages of NTFS:

–          Requires memory greater than 64MB

–          Works with small and average folders slowly

In general, NTFS is better than FAT. It is more security, better performance… However, depend on need, people will choose FAT or NTFS for themselves.

Hope this helps

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What is the differences between fat and ntfs?


Hi Deborah,

— FAT is File allocation Table. This system is use for data sharing in several operating system. This also used in memory card. This usually used in Floppy disk.  This system is using an allocation sector.

— NTFS is New Technology system. From the meaning  itself this it tell a new technology it means it’s upgrade the system.  Upgrade about the security and extensibility. The advantage using this system it can support large files; can hold a long file name. This system is nice and user friendly.  Why because this file can access control list.

—Difference between two systems are:

NTFS system can access to files faster, good data recovery and also good information storage.

FAT system cannot access files faster; this system cannot recover data and have a small storage. Cannot support large files, cannot hold long file name.

NTFS is better system than this FAT system. This is base of my research. It is depend of you what kind of system you want to use.

I hope My research have a great help of your report.

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