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Windows XP Professional: The Missing Manual by L.J. Zacker, Craig Zacker, David Pogue

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Choosing a File System

There’s one final decision you have to make: which file system you want to use for formatting your hard drive.

A file system is a scheme of formatting your hard drive, a system of dividing up its surface into little parking spaces for data. It’s a very technical issue, and, mercifully, one that’s largely invisible to you except for the day you install the operating system.

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