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NTFS and VPC 6
Authored by: raggamuffin on Feb 26, '04 07:57:49PM

NTFS isn't as fast as FAT32, because of the way it clusters files. It's rather an old system and though continuous reads can burst faster than FAT32, random read/writes access can be considerably slower. Also, because of larger cluster sizes (in some cases), NTFS users may end up using more disk space. However, I use NTFS on my Windows 2000 laptop (the only Windows version worth using, and that was before I discovered Panther) primarily because it's infinitely more stable than FAT32. With a FAT volume, any minor loss of integrity can lead to a major corruption (particularly on laptops, where physical damage is more common owing to shaking about). NTFS on the other hand is relatively easy to rescue after a file system crash/corruption. It also has far better security (on-the-fly encryption and compression that would break FAT32 in a second). I have VirtualPC on my PowerBook running Win2k and it's reasonably fast (1ghz g4, 512mb ram). I don't use it very often but it's actually faster than VNCing to my Win2k box.

Further VPC-related tip: when installing, it'll ask for username/password, as most Mac apps do. For ages it rejected my password and as a result, didn't finish the install so I had a semi-functional version. I finally tried using a short username instead of the one it had inserted by default into the Username box (my full name/long username) and hey presto, it worked. Most password boxes can accept either but this one seemed to only take my short username.



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