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Chapter 34. OS Mix and Match > File System Specifics

File System Specifics

Your goal in creating a multiboot system is to have all the operating systems coexist in such a manner that they will be capable of sharing files with each other. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that you must reboot to retrieve a file, copy it to a floppy, and reboot again to copy into your other operating system. A little bit of knowledge about file systems can save you many headaches down the road.

File systems are the main differentiating factor between the way operating systems access their data. Not all of them use hard disks in the same manner, so you must understand how each deals with itself as well as with each other. Table 34.1 represents the various file system attributes of each operating system discussed in this chapter. Note that in the table, RW stands for read/write and NS stands for not supported.


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