Q

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the FAT32 file system?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the FAT32 file system? My present file system is FAT16, and I am also...

using Linux with Windows Me. Should I make the switch? Do people experience any problems when using FAT32?

FAT32 is best for cross-compatibility with other platforms. There are NTFS file system drivers for Linux, but not really for Windows Me. FAT32, however, can be read more or less transparently by both operating systems.

There is also a slight speed gain in FAT32, but not enough to justify changing over on that basis alone, since the difference is usually more than made up for by today's hardware.


This was first published in March 2002

Dig Deeper

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchCloudComputing

SearchExchange

SearchSQLServer

SearchWinIT

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

SearchVirtualDesktop

Close