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Chapter 4. Installing Windows 2000 > Which File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS?

Which File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS?

The next major consideration on the preinstallation agenda is determining what type of file system you intend to use. The rules and regulations discussed in the preceding section might have narrowed down this choice for you. Still, you'll likely want to read about the pros and cons of the various file-keeping schemes in use on Windows 2000 machines and consider a few details on how they influence your installation.

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Windows 2000 doesn't know about compressed drives such as those created with DriveSpace or DoubleSpace. You have to decompress them before installing to Windows 2000. Decompressing can be a real pain if your disk space is totally packed. You might have to decompress in stages, moving data off the hard disk to backup media or another drive.



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