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Chapter 36. Setting Up a Simple Windows ... > Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 ...

Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 Environment: Setting the File System and the Role of the Computer for Optimum Performance

With Windows 98, the characteristics of how the operating system works with the file system and the subsequent impact on disk performance are based on the role of the computer. As the user of the system, you control the configuration of how the file system is tuned to perform, including the choice of the file system and the role of the computer. Naturally, the configuration should reflect the type of work expected of the system.

For example, if your system runs many desktop applications, the performance of launching those applications depends, in part, on disk cluster size. Smaller cluster sizes give better application launch performance—the 4KB cluster size (FAT32) is best. If larger sizes are used, as in FAT16, you will experience less of a performance boost.


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