Interesting reading about hardware!

Maybe you hardware guru's may already know this, but after buying "Microsoft's Windows XP networking inside out", I found an interesting comment by the author relating to the file system used.

He states that, if you want speed over security, it is better to use Fat32 as opposed to NTFS. I tried this on a machine running Solidworks and he was right! :-)

Note:- "BACKUP UP FIRST, BEFORE TRYING THIS!" A standard warning, but some might not know this and I would hate to be "Flamed" whilst trying to help!.

When using NTFS and an assembly with 300 parts and 5 sub-assemblies each with 7 parts, I lost 37 seconds opening the file and revolving the assembly was a bit jittery! This was on a brand new machine with only Solidworks2003 SP5 on it. Changing to Fat32 helped a lot.(the server was unchanged)

Having to look after a network, I am always looking for ways to speed things up.

Do you super bods, have any more tips that would help to make a "faster and better" life, for us mere mortals?

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I know for a fact that on NT4, FAT16 was much faster than NTFS. I would use this on all our machines. When we switched to Win2000, I carried this same philosophy over and formatted for FAT32. It did seem a "little" faster than the NTFS machines, but not as much as with NT4 and FAT16. It also caused some problems. FAT32 wouldn't defragment very well with either Diskeeper or Norton Speed Disk. I'm not counting the built in Win2000 utillity, because it doesn't work very good on anything. I was also getting allot more unexplained crashing on the FAT32 machines, and a whole helluva lot more HD thrashing.



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One interesting quirk to this is that if the drive with TEMP on it is FAT then CosmosMotion will not run properly. It requires an NTFS partition.

This is a known speed up and is used by some of us regularly for SWAP partitions because of the speed increase.

Perhaps a good use would be to partiti> Maybe you hardware guru's may already know this, but after buying

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