Admin Know-IT-All Question #36

Admin Know-IT-All Question #36




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Today's Know-IT-All answer is:
d. Both a and b

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FASTFAT is a kernel-level driver that provides support for FAT16 volumes in Windows 2000, including features like delayed writes that are normally only supported for NTFS.

Sometimes a Windows 2000 system will crash or refuse to start, citing an error in the file FASTFAT.SYS. This may lead an administrator to believe that FASTFAT.SYS is corrupt, which can happen even if there are no FAT16 volumes mounted. (FASTFAT is also for reading and writing floppies, which is part of why it loads by default.)

However, the first and more likely culprit, interestingly enough, is not the driver itself but a faulty SIMM or DIMM in the computer. If a FASTFAT error turns up in a system that has not had a problem before, the memory may be the first culprit, and you should swap it out to check.

>> Read Serdar Yegulalp's full article entitled: Problems With FASTFAT? Could be memory.

>> Learn how to size your swap file properly.

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