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PC Operating System and File System Cross-Reference

In separate sections, I discussed the various operating systems used by most PCs, and also the file systems used for most PC storage devices. In each case, I described which file systems went with which operating systems. There are a lot of operating systems and file systems, however, so I have included this summary cross-reference table, which shows at a glance what supports what:

Operating
System

FAT

NTFS

HPFS

UNIX

BFS (BeOS)

FAT12

FAT16

VFAT

FAT32

1.1 / 4.0

5.0

MS-DOS (Straight)

Yes

Yes, DOS 3.0 or later

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

Windows 3.x

Yes

Yes

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

Windows 95A

Yes

Yes

Yes

--

--

--

--

--

--

Windows 95B / 95C

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
(OEM
Only)

--

--

--

--

--

Windows 98 / 98SE / ME

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

--

--

--

--

--

Windows NT

Yes

Yes

Yes

--

Yes

Partial, with
NT 4.0 SP4

Yes, patch or hack needed
for NT 4.0

Third Party?

--

Windows 2000

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Third Party?

Third Party?

--

OS/2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

--

--

Yes

Third Party?

Third
Party?

UNIX / Linux

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Read
Only

Read
Only

Yes

Yes

Yes

BeOS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Read
Only

Read
Only

Yes

Yes

Yes

Note: Support for non-native file systems in the alternative operating systems such as OS/2, Linux or BeOS depends entirely on the version of the operating system being used. Later versions generally support more file system types. In some cases special modules must be added or modifications made to the source code.

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