One of the considerations that you need to know about hard drives and the accessibility of their data is what format they are set to. What do you need to know about how formatting impacts accessibility? In this video, join Kevin Ames as he discusses Windows-based formats that you can format your hard drive to.
- Formats for Windows machines…are different than those for the Mac.…The Windows operating system…started out with something called Fat-32.…Fat stands for File Allocation Table.…The File Allocation Table exists on Mac formats as well…and what it does is it is a table of data…that the computer accesses…to tell the head of the hard drive…where to find each segment of data.…Normally, when a hard drive or a thumb drive…or a memory card becomes corrupt,…it's because the File Allocation Table has become corrupt.…
And it's not able to be read…and so the data can't be retrieved.…Fat-32 was introduced in 1977…and its limit is four gigabytes in file size.…Fat-32 is still used today.…It's used in thumb drives…and it's also used in camera memory cards.…When using a compact flash card…or an SSD or a thumb drive…they should never be formatted on a Macintosh.…
And memory cards particularly should only be formatted…in the camera that they'll be used to store photographs.…The next file format for Windows is exFAT.…It was introduced in 2006.…
- What is in a hard drive?
- Formats for hard drives
- Using RAIDs for storing digital files
- Organizing assets
- Using digital asset management tools
- Connecting hard drives
- How often to backup
- Long-term backups
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1. Understanding Hard Drives and Why They Fail
2. Formats for Hard Drives
3. Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives (RAID)
4. Organizing Data Workflow Strategies
5. Digital Asset Management Tools
6. Connecting Hard Drives
7. Backups Are Mandatory
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