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Old February 11th, 2005, 06:01 PM
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Default NTFS or FAT32...

This might seem a lame or even very mundane question, but I've been pondering it for quite a while.

I have a win2k server, yes it's old...anyway...

I've been considering reformatting to the NTFS system, rather than the current FAT32 system.

My primary languages which are used on the server are VBscript, ASP, XML, SQL, Javascript, and Flash.

So, does it really matter which File System I use? I mean FAT32 can be seen across the network on any standard Win98 computer,(with sharing and access granted), and the server itself hasn't had any real issues with it; A network virus scanner can see all drives/files and checks them seemingly ok. This seems to be a good thing, but I haven't posted my domain online in several years, and suddenly I'm beginning to wonder which format is better.

Then again, with the NTFS format, only a server based system can see the folders/files. The only way to access it is via FTP or through web-based ASP pages, I.E. BrowseFolder.asp, or whatever you have. Hence it is "more" secure... This seems to be a good thing as well.

Decisions, decisions... I don't think I'll ever host a e-comm site, or sell anything, but I would like to stay up to date with my simple yet functional domain. It's a personal pride thing. :)

Basically, my domain would be a web-host for my friends who need a free webhost with no pop-ups, banner ads, yadda yadda yadda.
It will have a full compliment of tools to choose from FTP upload, e-mail, Forums{Snitz of course... :)}, FAQ, semi-secure login, returning and new member options.

If anyone remembers the "old Tripod", or "Angelfire" before they joined with Lycos. My domain will be a reflection of them, before they became full of templates, and popup ads.

Ok, I think I've posted all the information that really matters. So, what do you think, NTFS of FAT32?

I'm consulting the old "Windows Server 2000" bible to help resolve this question, because I'm really stumped.

Thanks for any and all help.


Ty Talmadge,




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