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Chapter 3. Installing Windows XP Profess... > Choosing a File System: FAT, FAT32, ...

Choosing a File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS?

The next major consideration on the pre-installation 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 XP machines and consider a few details on how they influence your installation.

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Windows XP doesn’t know about compressed drives such as those created with DriveSpace or DoubleSpace. You have to decompress them before installing to Windows XP. Decompressing is a real pain if your disk space is totally packed (because as your files decompress, they fill up even more space on an already cramped drive). You might have to decompress in stages, moving data off the hard disk to backup media or another drive.



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