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Thread: NTFS vs FAT32




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    Hey guys, for the last couple months the biggest peeve that ive been having is that my roomates computer boots up so much faster than mine even though we have bascially the same hardware. However i stumbled upon the fact that his is FAT32 whereas mine is NFTS. Is this the reason why? Which is better?
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    ntfs is much better imo. with an 80 GB hdd, there is no question that ntfs is better suited for it. If your boot up it slow it is most likely software based. Clear out some, if not all, of the apps that are loading on startup.

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    Thanks minibubba, but i have cleaned out like everything, i only have like 7 gigs of info on my HDD. Theres no additional programs being loaded. When i checked the bootvis graph it showed a lot of time was being spent on the drivers. The only thing different about my computer is that i have a card reader, could that be it?
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
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    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
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    it's possible, make sure you have the latest drivers for all of your hardware, and I don't mean the drivers M$ supplies at windows update :)

    also make sure you have DMA enabled on your hdd and dont have any slow devices like cd-roms on the same channel as the hdd
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    I built two identical systems EXCEPT one minor diff... my wifes I added one of them 7 in 1 card readers w/USB and IEE1394 ports. Mine boot in under 30 seconds hers take almost one minute.

    I assume that her boot is delayed while the BIOS (IRQ in auto), checks for free IRQs for the reader, USB, and Firewire ports. I have not verified this by disconnecting the cables as it is too much a PITA and hell, it's her computer any way!

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    ahhh, i bet thats it then... ill check it out
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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