|Originally posted by MrMsyvc
...FAT32 will be using 32KB per cluster, whilst NTFS will be using 4K, or possibly even 512 bytes per cluster, meaning NTFS will store more files with less waste than FAT23. Whaddaya think?
NTFS defaults to 512b per cluster, and you can get 4K per cluster with a hidden format option in FAT32 - however, that reduced cluster size in FAT32 take more overhead (FAT32 is not an optimal filesystem for large drives) and system resources, so the 32K or 16K is better.
Forget the switch, but it's like /O or something (google it: format fat32 4K cluster).
Anyway, my external devices are always NTFS, as I usually have an NTFS-capable OS handy (work or other machine at home). Haven't used Win9x or DOS stuff in ages, so that's what made my decision for me.
Also, isn't the recovery portion of Ghost or whatever include a bootable CD with all your stuff on it? So no OS is even needed?
My Retrospect backup program did that, even "made" a winXP bootable restore CD customized to my system (how cool is that) so I just boot the CD with the external Firewire tape drive connected, and voila! Instant recovery / restore!
Much nicer than BackupExec... oh, I've digressed again. Sorry.
NTFS would be my suggestion, but if you still have win9x boxes around, stick with FAT32 (or if you want to share the drives with LINUX, keep them FAT32 for now).