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File System Formats – Part 3 – Incompatibilities

Partitions can be configured in a variety of formats – and a partition formatted for one operating system (Mac OSX, for example) may not be natively compatible with a computer running a different operating system, or vice versa.

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Hard Drive Formats – Part Two – Evolution of File Formats

File Systems, beginning with the File Allocation Table (FAT), have evolved and have been joined by Microsoft’s NTFS (New Technology File System), ext2, and other methods to manage the map of your hard drive data.

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Hard Drive Formats – Part One – What Are They?

An explanation of hard disk drive file systems: how they work and why they are needed. The article also looks at low level formatting on hard disks.

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What a Simple Hard Drive Format Does

When a drive is reformatted, the allocation table created when the drive was originally formatted is overwritten with a new one. This reformatting, in effect, changes the map to the data – but not the data itself.

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