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By Jason Mesar

There are many possible ways to organize the information, programs, and data that we store on our computer hard drives. The system of collecting information together in “files” which in turn are grouped in “directories” or “folders” provides a method for naming and addressing information that is familiar to most PC users. But the mechanics of how the information is actually physically placed on the hard drive and retrieved is not something most of us ever think about. Nonetheless, with the advent of Windows XP and its file system, NTFS 3.1 (also known as NTFS 5.1, the numbering isn’t consistent); the time has come when this seemingly esoteric subject should not be ignored. PC users who are changing over to XP from Windows 9X/Me should be aware that NTFS (New Technology File System) has characteristics NTFSunfamiliar to most home PC users, whose systems employ a different file system called FAT (File Allocation Table). Those upgrading an older computer to Windows XP will face the decision of which file system to use. Those who buy a new computer with XP will almost certainly have NTFS already installed. In either event some knowledge of the workings of the file systems would seem desirable even for the average PC user. I don’t pretend to be an expert on file system architecture but in this article I will outline some of the characteristics of the two different file systems, FAT and NTFS, and their pros and cons.

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Felix's Comment
This has been really helpful and has been always polished my Skill.
26 Tue Jun 2012
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I'm glad to hear that Felix.

Olabode Afeez's Comment
Thks 4 making me undertand how FAT&NTFS WOKS.
01 Tue Nov 2011
Admin's Reply:

 No Problem Olabode :) you are always welcome here.