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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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File System (NTFS) Security

Windows XP—like its Windows 2000 and Windows NT ancestors—can take advantage of the NT File System, or NTFS. Windows XP can also use FAT (File Allocation Table) or FAT32, but with the FAT formats, you lose the user-level file and folder security. With FAT formats, you also lose the ability to audit file and folder access, and you won't be able to utilize NTFS-based file encryption and compression—all of which we'll discuss in this chapter. On large drives, FAT has a greater percentage of slack (the wasted space due to increasing cluster sizes for larger drives), so you'll have better drive space utilization on an NTFS drive.

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