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Which is faster, FAT32 or NTFS?

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  • Which is faster, FAT32 or NTFS?

    More specifically, when using Beyond Compare 3 from an NTFS system such as Windows XP or 2003 Server to copy and sync files from the local hard drive to an external USB hard drive, which file system on the external USB hard drives gives the best speed performance?

    Please let's stick to speed only. Whenever this question gets asked in other forums, the thread usually wanders off into tomes of theory and structural details of the two file systems. No one ever really answers the question. Here, we want to hear from someone who has tried both and can say authoritatively which is faster, if either. In God we trust...all others must have data.