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What is the fastest hard drive format?

I don't care if it takes up more space, but can I format a HD to exFAT (w/highest allocation size) before I install an OS?
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    NTFS file protections eliminate much of the risk associated with FAT. I'd recommend using NTFS for boot / programs / game partitions to protect the files. FAT can be used for temp and page files on their own partition, ideally paced at the front of the drive. This gives a very small boost in performance considered not worth it where file integrity is of concern.
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  3. How do I create a partition on the drive and format it differently from the rest of the drive?
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