NTFS VS FAT32 What is Right for You

FAT is shortened for File Allocation Table and FAT 32 is an extension which means data will be stored in chunks of 32 bits.

NTFS is shortened for New Technology File system and is a superior version over FAT as the chief file system utilized in Windows OS based system.

Prior to the introduction of NTFS file system all the hard drives were partitioned with FAT 32 file system and there was no issue for making images at any time. When compared to NTFS, FAT 32 file system is older, but is simple and more readable from wide number of operating systems and can even be used on other external storage devices. For example if you want to access some files like videos, audios, images, etc. from external storage medium you need to use FAT 32 file system. Nevertheless, as it is an old technology, it was steadily substituted by NTFS file system since the launch of Windows XP operating system. However, in the current era majority of people are utilizing NTFS file system in their personal and business laptops or desktops.

Indeed before making a choice you need to know about their capacity and then decide what is right for you:




Maximum size of partition



Max file name size

8.3 characters

255 characters

Max file size



Folder or file encryption




Only Network

Local and Network






Not Allowed


Win 95/98/2k/2k3/XP

Win NT/2k/XP/Vista/7

Fault Tolerance


Auto Repair

With the help of this short informative article you can easily compare the features; compatibility and capability of both FAT 32 and NTFS file system and decide yourself which file system is better.

However, in current era most of the users proceed towards conversion of FAT 32 file system to NTFS file system subsequently during this process if any sort of interruption occurs in between the process then they have to face large amount of data loss. If you come across any such situation then make use of Remo Recover software to recover your entire lost data and overcome from this issue. This tool can effortlessly recover files from FAT 16, FAT 32, NTFS, NTFS 5 or even from other file systems.

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Molly Owen

Molly is the Lead Technical Specialist with distinguished knowledge and understanding of Mac computers and operating systems. Being a veteran photographer and video recovery specialist, Molly’s expertise on video formats and file repair has helped restore a lot of videos and cherished memories of users.

As a technical specialist she also believes in learning and spreading knowledge about the current and trending aspects of various media formats, Adobe Photoshop and macOS troubleshooting. A full-fledged learner, caffeine-lover and a firm-believer that technology would make the world a better place.

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