Local File Systems for Windows
Updated: May 5, 2004
File name: LocFileSys.doc
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This paper provides information about local file systems for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. It provides guidelines to help system manufacturers and server administrators choose the local file system that is best suited for a particular use and media type.
This paper describes the features, benefits, and architectural limits of three local file systems currently supported on the Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista platforms:
There are many important factors that must be considered when selecting a local file system format. This paper is intended to provide system manufacturers and server administrators with the necessary information to choose the local file system that is best suited for a particular usage scenario and media type. This paper assumes basic knowledge of local file systems.
This paper includes the following sections:
Local File System Overview:Provides an overview for each of the three local file systems and describes usage scenarios for each type of local file system.
Local File System Limitations:Provides information about the limits imposed by the on-disk structures and those imposed by the Windows file system driver implementation for each of the file systems.
This information applies for the following operating systems: