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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.

Not all operating systems use hard disks in the same manner. There are several different file system formats out there, which determine how file space is allocated, where directory information is stored, and so forth. The problem is that each operating system has its own list of supported file system types. Table 31.1 lists the various file systems supported by the operating systems discussed in this chapter. Note that in the table, RO stands for read-only, RW stands for read/write, and NS stands for not supported. Be sure to read the footnotes for any operating system you want to use.


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