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Old 25th Sep 2008, 11:39   #1
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FAT32 vs NTFS on SSD

I've been reading that FAT32 is supposed to be faster than NTFS due to less writes that the file system causes, NTFS has journalling and last time access for every file which must slow down things a little bit? Also that would increase wear rate would it not?

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Old 25th Sep 2008, 11:53   #2
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Yeah well thats the same for a normal hard disk then. But no one would normally choose FAT32 because of it's limitations such as not supporting files larger than 4Gb. An issue in this world of large files.

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Old 25th Sep 2008, 11:58   #3
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Or, the more pertinent problem that if your system goes down, you're far more likely to suffer data loss on a FAT32 drive than you are on an NTFS drive.


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Old 25th Sep 2008, 12:25   #4
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What about a cheap SSD that has slower writes than reads though, would it not be beneficial?

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Old 25th Sep 2008, 12:32   #5
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We never said it wouldn't. The point is - beneficial in what way? Speed, yes, reliability and compatibility, no.


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Also that would increase wear rate would it not?
Why would you be worried about wear rate on a drive that has no moving parts?

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Old 25th Sep 2008, 12:40   #7
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Why would you be worried about wear rate on a drive that has no moving parts?
Because flash memory has limited read/write cycles.

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If you go with Intel's SSD's they are designed to last for 5 years at a minimum. In practise they should last much longer.

It's going to be one of those cases of 'You get what you pay for'. Just avoid all the current SSD's based on MLC technoligy for now unless it's Intel.

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Old 25th Sep 2008, 14:12   #9
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you can disable last date/time stamps in ntfs within windows anyway (reg tweaks)

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Because flash memory has limited read/write cycles.
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Old 25th Sep 2008, 17:06   #11
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you can disable last date/time stamps in ntfs within windows anyway (reg tweaks)
Indeed you can and it's a nice performance boost for some applications too...

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Will have to find out how to do that now.

I always disable them on Linux.


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Old 25th Sep 2008, 21:12   #13
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Run a cmd and type in:

fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 1

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Ta. Done on the laptop which suffers the most. We'll see what happens.


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Indeed you can and it's a nice performance boost for some applications too...
Excuse my ignorance but how does that help with performance?

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Old 26th Sep 2008, 07:57   #16
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stops the drive going...

"ok boys, which of you files have i been using, oh there's one "stamp", next, "stamp" "

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I don't know why but I read that with a really camp accent in my head!

I might try that on my laptop then.

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