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Part II: PART Working with Files and Folders > Working with Disks and Drives

Chapter 9. Working with Disks and Drives

In this chapter

Windows 98 and Local Media

Understanding Disk Partitions


Formatting Disks

Choosing a File System

Converting a FAT16 Drive to FAT32

Copying Files, Folders, and Disks

Understanding Disk Compression

Using a CD-ROM Drive


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One of the oldest relics of DOS that has been retained in Windows 98 is the way that the operating system handles its local disk storage. The File Allocation Table (FAT) file system and the use of drive letters to represent the disk drives installed in the computer are unchanged from earlier versions of DOS.

However, Windows 98 has not stood idle in this respect. The capacity of hard disk drives has grown more rapidly than virtually any other area of computing technology. Also, new types of storage devices, such as CD-ROM and removable cartridge drives, are becoming standard equipment on new systems. Windows 98 supports today's large capacity drives, as well as a wide range of other storage devices.


This chapter assumes that the hardware in your system has already been correctly installed and configured and is ready to access.

→ For help on installing hardware in your system, see "Using the Add New Hardware Wizard,".

→ For information on hardware configuration, see "How Windows 98 Works with Hardware,".

→ If you are having problems accessing disk drives or other devices, see "Troubleshooting Common Problems,".



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