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July 1, 2013 7:38:21 PM

I'm upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 8, and I've read a few articles about Microsoft making improvements to NTFS with Win8. Are these improvements to the on-disk NTFS, or to NTFS.sys?
Basically, I'm wondering if I need to re-format my hard drive.

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July 1, 2013 7:54:48 PM

XP to Windows 8 is a pretty serious upgrade. Sadly, about the only thing that will transfer over are your personal settings and browser histories, which you can export yourself. It is best to do a clean format to install Windows 8.
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July 1, 2013 7:59:25 PM

Yeah, I'd always recommend a clean install. Anything else is asking for trouble.
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July 1, 2013 8:03:22 PM

Eximo said:
XP to Windows 8 is a pretty serious upgrade. Sadly, about the only thing that will transfer over are your personal settings and browser histories, which you can export yourself. It is best to do a clean format to install Windows 8.


I've got a brand new SSD (still in the box) to use for the system drive, the HDD in question has only ever been used for storage. My old XP system drive is ancient, and is being replaced.
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July 1, 2013 8:06:00 PM

Oh - old HDDs will still work fine. They haven't broken the compatibility chain.
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July 1, 2013 8:29:59 PM

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Oh - old HDDs will still work fine. They haven't broken the compatibility chain.


That's good to know. Is there any benefit to formatting it?
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July 1, 2013 8:35:53 PM

Probably not, or at least nothing significant.
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