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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Choosing a File System: FAT32 or NTFS

The choice of a file system is not one to be taken lightly. Unlike most other configurable items in your Windows XP installation, the file system is one that can only be changed one time after installation, and only in one direction.

→ Okay, every rule has to have an exception, so of course the rule about file system conversion has one. To learn more about converting file systems, seeConverting the NTFS File System to FAT16/FAT32,” p. 1014.

For a clean installation of Windows XP Professional, you will have to make a choice between using the FAT32 or NTFS file system. On an upgrade installation from Windows 98, you could possibly even face an existing FAT16-formatted partition, as Windows 98 supported the ...

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