Desktop PC with internal SSD is running Windows XP SP3 and partitioned as below.
Over time I've come to learn that NTFS does many more read/write operations than FAT32 thus possibly reducing the longevity of an SSD. That's a factor but not the main factor. What I'm really thinking about is the Data partition. All external drives have FAT32 file system, so I started to think maybe it would be better for the Data partition to also use FAT32, maybe for cleaner backups and in case the drive ever needs to be pulled out and plugged in somewhere else the data at least could be more easily recovered.
Windows doesn't have a native utility for NTFS -> FAT32 but AOMEI tech support tells me the following:
Thank you so much for contacting us, if you convert a partition with NTFS file system to FAT32 file system, the creation/modified dates of all the files remain intact.
The question has to do with AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, which is free for home users and I've used it many times so do recommend it and no I'm not affiliated but it deserves mention.
Taking all of the above here's what I know so far:
Is it possible? Yes
Is the data backed up in case something goes wrong? Yes
Are any of the files in question >4GB or likely to be in future? No
But, what I don't know (and need advice on is)...
Would it be better to use FAT32 file system for Data partition? (Yes/No)