2.4 Configuring File Systems
Windows Server 2003 supports the FAT, FAT32 and NTFS file systems. A computer can contain a
combination of file systems but each file system must be located on a separate partition or volume.
Note: MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition
cannot access data on NTFS formatted disks.
The NTFS file system used by Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 is version 5. This version of
NTFS has features that were not available in NTFS version 4 used by Windows NT 4.0. Windows NT 4.0
cannot therefore fully support all the features of NTFS version 5. NTFS version 5 offers a number of
benefits that include:
File and folder level security
File encryption using Encrypting File System (EFS)
Note: You can convert a disk from the FAT and FAT32 file to NTFS at any
time without data loss by using the
command from a command
prompt and using the
switch. When you format the data on the
disk is lost.