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Just wondering why NTFS is considered better, and how NTFS manages to do so (structure, actions, etc), compared to FAT.

thanks! :)

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closed as not constructive by EEAA, RobM, Shane Madden, Ward, joeqwerty Oct 27 '11 at 18:59

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While I don't think anyone will argue the fact that NTFS is (in the vast majority of cases) a better filesystem than FAT32, debating these points is not the goal of SF. If you have a specific question about either of these, please ask it, otherwise this will likely get closed. – EEAA Oct 27 '11 at 18:48
Sorry. But later Windows versions replaced FAT with NTFS, didn't it? – Kaitlyn Mcmordie Oct 27 '11 at 18:54
Yes, that's an accurate statement. – EEAA Oct 27 '11 at 18:55
There isn't a specific question... as ErikA mentioned. Is there a specific goal for "Just wondering?" – Ben Campbell Oct 27 '11 at 18:57
@ChrisMarisic, it isn't really a system admin question. The question is ask in a way that invites debate and arguments. This is a Q&A site, not a forum. It would probably have been migrated, and not downvoted if the question had title had been 'What features or functionality does NTFS provide that makes it the preferred default Windows Filesystem?' When asking a question, it is important to write it in a way that encourages objective answers. If the title has 'better/best', that is a big red flag. – Zoredache Oct 27 '11 at 19:29
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  • A default larger unit size allocation
  • Encrypition (EFS)
  • Compression (ZIP)
  • A Journal.
  • Hard links.
  • .....
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IMO, The most important NTFS feature by far, is the access control lists. On a server it is critical to be able say who has access to what. – Zoredache Oct 27 '11 at 19:31
@Zoredache true! – Ricardo Polo Oct 28 '11 at 0:29

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