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Disks and Files

An important function of an operating system is the creating, viewing and managing of disks, directories and files.

We have already explained the different file systems based on FAT and NTFS that are used on hard drives. No matter what file system we are going to use the hard drive has to be configured to accept the file system to be used.

File/OS MS-DOS 98 Me NT 2000 XP
FAT16 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FAT32 No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
NTFS No No No Yes Yes Yes
NTFS5 No No No No Yes Yes

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