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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 30. F

Fat 16, Fat 32

On the Macintosh: HFS, HFS Plus

Over time, both Apple and Microsoft have revamped the technical protocols used for storing files on your hard disk surface. The older schemes, which wasted large amounts of disk space, were called FAT16 in Windows or the Hierarchical File System, or HFS, on the Macintosh. The newer schemes are called FAT32 and HFS Plus (Mac OS Extended), respectively. After converting your PC’s hard disk from one scheme to the other, you’ll have many more megabytes free, especially if your hard disk contains many small files.

Just as Windows 98 is required to access FAT32 disks, only recent versions of the Mac OS recognize disks formatted with HFS Plus. For example, a Macintosh running Mac OS 8.0 or earlier doesn’t recognize a disk formatted with HFS Plus. (When you look at such a disk—a Zip disk, for example—on an older Macintosh, you see nothing on the disk except a single text file called Where_Have_All_My_Files_Gone?.)

You can convert Macintosh disks from HFS to HFS Plus in one of two ways. The free way: erase it completely using the included Drive Setup application. The commercial way: use PlusMaker (http://www.alsoft.com/), which converts your Macintosh hard disk to HFS Plus without requiring erasure.

Favorites Menu

On the Macintosh: Favorites Menu

In Windows 98, Microsoft tried hard to merge the standard user interface with a web browser. The Favorites menu is a prime example of this. It can hold both shortcuts to web pages and shortcuts ...

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