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File System

In computer science, a file system is a data storage schema used to store, retrieve, and update files. File systems specify a wide range of attributes such as cluster size, maximum file size, whether or not data is integrity checked, and other elements of file reading and writing.

Common file systems include FAT (File Allocation Table, used widely with removable media), NTSF (New Technology File System, the file system that undergirds Windows), and ext3/ext4 (Extended File System, common to Linux).

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