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Wondering About FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS with Windows XP?

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 19, 2001


Christopher Rice

          Have you been wondering about the file systems that you will be using with your new operating system?  Have you always been confused about the differences between FAT32 and NTFS?  Well, I am here to tell you that you are not alone.  

Have you been wondering about the file systems that you will be using with your new operating system? Have you always been confused about the differences between FAT32 and NTFS? Well, I am here to tell you that you are not alone. I have collected a listing of articles from Microsoft that will explain to you all of the similarities and differences of the file systems that are used with the Windows Operating Systems.

          I have collected a listing of articles from Microsoft that will explain to you all of the similarities and differences of the file systems that are used with the Windows Operating Systems.  

          Below are the links and descriptions of those articles:

Description of the FAT32 File System in Windows XP:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q310/5/25.ASP

Description of the FAT32 File System:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q154/9/97.ASP

Overview of FAT, HPFS, and NTFS File Systems:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q100/1/08.ASP

Limitations of the FAT32 File System:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q184/0/06.ASP

Maximum Partition Size Using the FAT16 File System in Windows XP:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q310/5/61.ASP

Can not Select FAT16 or FAT32 File System During Setup:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q226/4/92.ASP

          Please let me know if you have any questions about these file systems or if you know of any other articles regarding them.

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