Jeeps8796Jeeps8796 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
Windows 2000 supports FAT16,FAT32, NTFS and also CDFS??
Yet everytime I take a practice test with the exception of one, they only mention FAT'S and NTFS...

Is there a reason why most practice exams don't mention CDFS and on the test will it ask for CDFS???


  • bellboybellboy Member Posts: 1,017
    cdfs is the standard for data on a compact disc and can be read by all operating systems on ibm-compatable computers.

    yes, it can be read by windows 2000.

    i doubt if it is possible to format a hard drive with this system, which is why it is not mentioned in some questions.

    one of the points to remember about the different operating systems and microsoft operating systems is that, say, you had a system with win98 installed on a primary partition using fat32 and you wanted to upgrade/create a dual-boot with windows nt. windows nt will not recognise the partition using fat32 and will reformat the drive to fat or ntfs, hence loosing the previous operating system and data.
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  • Jeeps8796Jeeps8796 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks bellboy. I guess it really threw me for a loop to see it on a question when in many other practice exams there was never any mention of CDFS when it comes to partitions for WIN2000.
  • oldgearheadoldgearhead Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I too am often confused by the questions regarding dual boot
    OS's. I think I have it straight between Win98 & W2000, as follows:

    If you have W98 OS + applications + files on a fat32 partition and
    W2000 + applications on an NTFS partition, then:
    1) Either OS/APP's can access the FAT32 files.
    2)The W2000 OS, on the NTFS partition, CANNOT use the FAT32

    Am I right or wrong?

  • oldgearheadoldgearhead Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I ran into a snag with the Windows Backup Utility. I went through
    all of the trouble to format a few RW-CD's for hard disk simulation,
    and what I discovered was that the Win-doz utility cannot predict the
    end of each CD. Therefore, A full-serial-back-up is not possible. One
    must do it file-by-file. No wonder they still sell tape. Am I missing
    something? Is there a CD back-up solution?

    What is the difference between the music format and the data format?

    All the A+ books keep harping about 'back-up', but they can't seem
    to tell me how to do it. It seems silly to spend $200+ for a tape unit
    when 4 CD's will hold it all.

    Any ideas?

  • oldgearheadoldgearhead Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    OK, I just answered my own questions about CD back up.
    1) MS Knowledge Base - MS back-up to CD is not supported. Their explanation dowsn't make much sense, because, I think it's supported
    by XP.

    2) At least two programs are available: "Simple Back-up", by Veritas.
    (Not XP compatible). and "Careful Backup" (Shareware, purported to
    be XP compatible). Hats off to these guys for figuring out how big a
    RW/CD is!

  • WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    Great ;) then I'll answer your other question:

    Windows 2000 can access fat32 as well as the applications installed on it.
    Windows 98 cannot access an NTFS partition.

    The reason you don't want to install both on the same fat32 partition, is the Program Files directory... they're will be only one program files directory for both operating systems if you do which will eventually lead to problems... I think I know what got you confused about it: windows 2000 cannot (well actually in reality in many cases it does work) access the application installed on windows 98... but they can be on the windows 98 fat32 disk...
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