Features of Windows® 7 FAT32 Format
What are the features of the FAT32 file system in Windows 7?
File system is a method of storing and organizing computer files. The hard disk needs to be formatted with a file system. There are many formats available for formatting the hard disk. Memory cards, flash devices etc might be formatted using FAT 32 file system. The File Allocation Table file system is supported by all versions of Microsoft Windows also in Windows 7. FAT32 file system could be used in different kinds of external storage devices like external hard drives, USB drives etc. Formatting the external hard disk drive to Fat 32 is a simple task. Right click on the particular drive in my computer and format the drive. Select the FAT 32 format in the dialog. After that you need to perform the format. You might also use quick format or the normal format. Quick format is faster that the other type of formatting.
The following are the features of FAT32 file system in Windows 7:
- Support large size
- Easy recovering of files
Support large size
FAT32 file system supports large file systems. The FAT 32 file systems are very easy to use and configure. The maximum file size that FAT 32 supports is two Terabytes. This would be adequate for almost all kinds of hard disk in the computer systems used at home and office. The hard disk of most of the personal computer running at home and home office make use of less than two Terabytes of hard disk.
The FAT 32 is universally compatible file system. Most of the USB devices make use of FAT 32 file system to save data. External devices like thumb drives, external hard disk, PDA’s etc make use of FAT 32 file system. FAT 32 file systems would be compatible with almost all kinds of latest Operating systems. Windows 7 makes use of FAT 32 and NTFS file system.
Unlike NTFS, which support encryption, the data is stored in encrypted format. This is for security reasons only. This is for increasing the security of the server. The files that are encrypted might not be able to recover easily. The root folder and the backup copy of the FAT32 file system could be relocated easily. In this way there are many advantages for FAT32 file system.
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