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Old 02-20-2005, 09:35 AM   #1
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Question Is arrangement of file systems will differ if we copy a file from FAT 32 to ext 3 ?

I have mounted my Windows partition so that I can access it from Fedora 3. Now I have a question which is unknown to me. It is that Windows uses FAT 32 and Linux uses ext3. There are huge difference between the formation of those two file systems. Now, if I want to copy a file which is actually located in FAT 32 partition (i.e. Windows partition) to my ext3 partition (i.e. my Linux partition), what will hapen to the arrangement of file due to different files systems? Is the file will be arranged same like the arrangement which it was used in FAT 32 or it will be completely agrrenged with new ext3 file system?
Old 02-20-2005, 10:07 AM   #2
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The file will take a ext3 arrangement on the ext3 partition and keep its FAT32 arrangement on the FAT32 patition. The virtual file system layer in the kernel handles all the specifics... but all that matters to you is the file will look and act the same as far as your concerned regarless of which partition it is on. It will not mess up the file in any way.
Old 02-20-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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thank you jtshaw for giving me your clear view about the file system arrangement. I think it helped a lot of newbies like me.


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