Comparing FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS

You can use FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, or a combination of these file systems on a Windows 2000 system. The choice you make depends on such things as:

  • How the computer is used.

  • The hardware platform.

  • The size and number of hard disks.

  • Security considerations.



It is recommended that you format all Windows 2000 partitions with NTFS except certain multiple-boot configurations. For more information, see "Advantages of NTFS" later in this chapter.