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By Cazen ·
Under the Hard Disk file system properties tab is the option to set the Typical Role of this Computer. What precisely is this setting? Does it apply to memory management as well as file locking semantics?

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by Bill_H In reply to Typical Role description

From the MSDN article "Definition of the "Typical Role of This Machine" Setting" which may be found at:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q140/6/79.asp

You can set the Typical Role Of This Machine setting to the following settings:


Desktop Computer


Mobile Or Docking System


Network Server


The setting you use controls the size of various internal data structures used by the 32-bit file access driver (VFAT) that are used to optimize disk space.

When you use the Desktop Computer setting, VFAT allocates memory to record the 32 most recently accessed folders and the 677 most recently accessed files. This consumes approximately 10K of memory.

When you use the Mobile Or Docking System setting, VFAT allocates memory to record the 16 most recently accessed folders and the 337 most recently accessed files. This consumes approximately 5K of memory.

When you use the Network Server setting, VFAT allocates memory to record the 64 most recently accessed folders and the 2729 most recently accessed files. This consumes approximately 40K of memory.

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by Cazen In reply to Typical Role description

Thanks - I could not find that article for anything. Much appreciated.

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