Microsoft Releases exFAT File System Format Support for Windows XP

Microsoft has released the exFAT file system format support for Windows XP.  The exFAT file system incorporates several improvements over FAT32. However, it keeps the simplicity of FAT-based file systems.
exFAT includes the following key advances:
    • Support for very large files and storage devices
    • Support for performance improvements
    • Support for extensibility features for future innovation
    • Added compatibility for flash media
exFAT adds the following features:
    • Support for volumes that are larger than 32 GB, the theoretical maximum volume size for FAT32 in Windows XP
    • The theoretical maximum volume size is 64 ZB.
    • The recommended maximum volume size is 512 TB.
    • Support for files that are larger than 4 GB, the theoretical maximum file size for FAT32 in Windows XP
    • The theoretical maximum file size is 64 ZB.
    • The recommended maximum file size is 512 TB.
exFAT incorporates advanced structures to improve performance:
    • A cluster bitmap for fast allocation
    • A per-file contiguous bit for fast file access
    • Better contiguous on-disk layout (useful for recording movies)
    • Support for Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) time stamps

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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