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Learn the benefits of NTFS

Windows XP supports three disk file systems: NTFS, FAT16, and FAT32. Each of them has advantages, but NTFS is recommended. Here are some reasons why:

Security: FAT16 and FAT32 have absolutely no security for local folders and files. Anyone who logs on to your computer can gain access to the files. NTFS allows you to define permissions for every user on each individual file/folder.

Separate Recycle Bins: On FAT16 and FAT32 volumes, everything you delete gets put into the same Recycle Bin, regardless of the current logon account. On NTFS volumes, each user has a unique Recycle Bin.

Encryption: To truly secure your sensitive files, encrypt them. NTFS offers transparent, automatic encryption.

Recoverability: NTFS provides the ability to recover from file system errors. It also performs sector sparing to remap data to good clusters and mark bad clusters as unusable.

Compression: NTFS offers support for file compression, which allows more space for storage.

Disk quotas: NTFS also supports disk quotas. This feature helps limit disk usage on workstations that are shared by multiple users.

If you didn't specify NTFS during setup, it's not too late. To convert from FAT to NTFS, type convert x: /fs:ntfs in the command prompt and replace x with the drive letter of the partition you want to convert.

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