File System of Windows® XP
A description of the File System of Windows® XP
The Windows® XP operating system is available to you in two platforms, Windows® XP Home Edition and Windows® XP Professional Edition. Both these operating system require the same hardware configuration to run them. The system configuration needs a 233 Megahertz processor, 64 Megabytes of RAM memory and a hard disk space of 1.5 Gigabytes. This system succeeds the Windows® Millennium Edition and delivers a new interface to you through its Windows® XP called the ‘Luna theme’. The File System that the Windows® XP uses is the FAT32.
The Windows® XP File System has been described below for helping you to understand it better :
- File System
- FAT16 and FAT32 Systems
- NTFS System
The File System of a computer refers to the manner in which data is stored and organized in the operating system. The File System is a database for storing and organizing files and can be formatted under FAT, FAT32 and the NTFS systems, to suite your need. It can also be changed according to the operating system. The Windows® XP Operating System can be installed on both the NTFS as well as the FAT systems.
FAT16 and FAT32 Systems
The FAT refers to File Allocation Table. The Windows® XP uses an updated version called the FAT32, which allows the system to have a default cluster size, a minimum of 4 KB. The older version of the FAT systems had certain limitations with the length of the data name and the entries that be could made. Both FAT16 and FAT32 can be used in the Windows® XP Operating System. If there are more than one operating system installed, then it is necessary that you have FAT16 to be able to install the programs, which can be commonly shared between both the operating system.
The New Technology File System or NTFS, first introduced with Windows® NT is more powerful and provides greater security in comparison to the FAT system, since files here are compressed and stored. However, the NTFS File System does not allow the multiple Operating Systems to be installed onto the drive. The Windows® XP stored on an NTFS File System will not be detected during the boot up process, hence it is advised to format the small portion of the hard disk to the FAT systems and then store all the necessary tools and drivers. The NTFS cannot be accessed by all users.