How do you think your data is stored, managed and organized on the hard drive, USB flash drives or portable sd card? A physical disk can just do 0’s or 1’s and it is the file system that gives meaning to such data. When people say that their disk is NTFS or FAT, it actually refers to the file system that’s being used by the computer or more appropriately, the operating system.
Today I'll tell you about the differences between FAT32 and NTFS file systems used by Windows operating systems. This information may help you in choosing the right system as per your requirements.
Both of these file systems were introduced by Microsoft to meet their business and applications requirements.
FAT stands for File Allocation Table and FAT32 is an extension which means that data is stored in chunks of 32 bits. There is an older type of file system that isn’t commonly used these days.
NTFS stands for New Technology File System and this took over from FAT as the primary file system being used in the Windows system. This NTFS file system is not only secure but also supports larger file sizes and hard drives.
Indeed, before making a choice you need to know about their capabilities. The table below will give you a rough idea of the features and respective support.