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About Windows 2000 File Systems

An operating system's ability to access files on a volume depends on the file system with which the volume was formatted. Table 3.1 shows the file system format used by various operating systems.

Table   3.1 Operating System and File System Compatibility

Operating system

File System Format of Volume

Windows 2000

NTFS
FAT16
FAT32

Microsoft® Windows NT®

NTFS
FAT16

Microsoft® Windows® 95 OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2) and Microsoft® Windows® 98

FAT16
FAT32

Windows 95 prior to version OSR2

FAT16

Microsoft® MS-DOS®

FAT16

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Note

FAT16 and FAT32 are referred to synonymously as FAT unless the differences between them must be noted.

You can use long and short file names in both NTFS and FAT volumes. A long file name can be up to 256 characters long. Short file names contain an eight-letter file name and a three-letter file name extenstion and use the format xxxxxxxx.yyy . Short file names are compatible with MS-DOS.

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