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Difference between FAT, FAT32 etc

By shuja52 ·
Can anyone let me know the exact difference between the File Systems on the HDD, FAT16 FAt32 NTFS and so on Technically. And the advantage-disadnvantages and limitations of eacjh of them

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by dmiles In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

For a clear understanding use the following sites
www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file
microsoft knowledgebase article Q100108
http://www.yale.edu/pcIt/BOOT/IFS.HTM
http://www.trinitysoft.com/support/understanding_file_systems_and_f.htm

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by shuja52 In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

Thank u very much for site provided by you, but Ps read my question again.. How this File Systems works (Technically). How and where these System is used I know very well.

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by saihib In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

There is nowhere near enough space hear to adequately answer your question. Check out the site below for a complete discussion.

www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/index.htm

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by shuja52 In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

Thanks for site, but this site couldn't help me. It only suggest where the particular System may be used etc.. But what actually does it mean? not explained.. dtomkin@hotmail.com (Answer 3 is somewhre nearer to my question)

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by BuffaloDan In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

the microsoft explanation takes up several pages guy, there is not enough room to give you all the info you requested.

fat(fat16) uses a 16 bit table(actually 12) for addressing disk allocation units, with a max partition size of 2 Giga bytes.
Does not allow for any form of enhanced security, uses relative large allocation units, which are unadjustable, thus allowing for lost or unusable space called slack,

Fat32 is a 32 bit enhancement to Fat, max partition is 4 Giga bytes, same security, and same allocation units. (cluster size)

NTFS uses a proprietary allocation scheme, with each cluster also receiving special security and compression attributes.
NTFS can effectively address exabytes (zillions) of disk space, can assign a rich set of security to each allocation unit (security per file...) and also on the fly per file or folder compression.
Cluster sizes for NTFS are adjustable at installation or partition setup, allowing you to balance slack versus performance
(largercluster sizes improve performance at the cost of increased unusable space)

This is very brief, and incomplete, i recommend reading up on this at the microsoft website referenced above...

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by shuja52 In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

Thanks yiu all for ur responses I have got much of information what I needed.

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by jctech In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

Actually, the main advantage of FAT32 over FAT16 is that it allows for smaller clusters (half the minumum size allowed for FAT16), making for much less wasted space when storing smaller files or file segments.

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by shuja52 In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

I am not asking advantages-fisadvantages.. Thanks anyway.

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by tlccomputers In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

If you are not asking advantages-disadvantages, why is that such an integral part of your question??

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by shuja52 In reply to Difference between FAT, F ...

Sorry, I have a lot information now.. Advantages Disadvantages I meant to know the details of all files systems I still want to know the basis of Linux File system..

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