As the holiday season approaches, so does the time for me to do my yearly clean install
. I will format my drives and re-install Win XP Pro. I have 2 hard drives - Maxtor 10gb 7200rpm ATA 100, and a Maxtor 40 GB 7200rpm ATA 133. Till now I have been using FAT32 as the file system. I wanted to know is I should switch over to NTFS and give up the good old FAT32? What are the advantages and disadvantages of NTFS? I have heard that it is slower in some cases compared to FAT 32. The most important thing to me is the speed of the drives. Will it slow down my system?
Microsoft claims that if "properly maintained, NTFS is faster". Well its their newer product so they will say its better, but I want to get a first hand experience from people who are using NTFS. I do like to play quite a lot of games off the drives, so is NTFS really worth the switch-over? Thanks for the replies in advance!