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Chapter 1.  Installing and Booting Windo... > Convert a FAT partition to NTFS

1.15. Convert a FAT partition to NTFS

Windows 2000 supports three filesystems: FAT, FAT32, and NTFS. FAT stands for File Allocation Table, the original filesystem used in DOS (although modified somewhat over the years). FAT is supported by all Microsoft operating systems, making it the most compatible filesystem and a necessity on dual-boot systems if you want all volumes to be available from each OS.

FAT32 is a 32-bit version of the FAT filesystem, introduced in Windows 95, that offers better performance and efficiency. Windows NT does not support FAT32, but Windows 2000 does.


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