I have the option to use fat 32 or ntfs, reformatting my win 98 disk


When formatting, I have the option to use fat 32 or ntfs. A friend says ntfs is needed for large hard drives, but I've never had a problem with fat 32...(I know your motto, "if it aint broke, don't fix it", but I'm reformatting my win 98 disk soon, and I'm curious about whether my computer would run better with ntfs...thank you, Richard Ramsay


This question was answered on March 1, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

NTFS for Win98 is a utility that allows Windows 95/98/Me systems to use the NTFS file system Normally, users of dual-boot environments who want to share data between the Windows operating systems must configure their systems using regular FAT drives, which suffer from a 2GB maximum size.

NTFS for Win98 provides dual-boot users with full read-write access to their Windows NT drives so they can easily share data With NTFS for Win98 your Windows 95/98/Me system is able to access any Windows volume, regardless of its file system.


Complete compatibility with the NTFS file system is ensured, because NTFS for Win98 uses the same Microsoft NTFS drivers that Windows 2000 and NT use, but allows them to run under Windows 95/98/Me NTFS for Win98 also comes with NTFSCHK, a version of the Windows NT chkdsk program that is able to detect and repair errors on NTFS volumes.


Provides support for NTFS volumes on Windows 95/98/Me

NTFS drives behave just like regular FAT and FAT32 drives

Includes NTFSCHK utility for repairing disk errors


NTFS for Win98 runs on all versions of Windows 95, 98 and Me You must also have a Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 3 or later) or Windows 2000 installation

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 1, 2003