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I've just bought an SSD (SLC 32GB PATA) for my old laptop and now I have to decide which file system to use for each partition. I'm goint to need two partitions: one for the OS installation and the other for storing my personal files.
Now, if I remember well, you can install Windows XP only on a NTFS partition, so there is no choice there. But for the other partition I could choose between NTFS and FAT32.

What file system do you recommend in this case?
Do you have any experience on using FAT32 on a SSD? Is it better (faster) than NTFS?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Disadvantages of FAT32

  1. No journaling, data loss will result during a hard crash

  2. 4gb file size limit

This should be enough reason to go with NTFS

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NTFS is also more efficent with the space it is given, a 20GB partition formatted with FAT32 will hold less data than a 20GB partition with NTFS. – Dustin G. Jul 4 '11 at 1:55
So much truth in these posts. – surfasb Jul 4 '11 at 6:24

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