During the formatting of a new external USB-connected hard drive, you have the choice of NTFS or FAT32 file systems. Which one of these would be a reason to choose FAT32 over NTFS?
A) FAT32 supports file sizes exceeding 4 GB
B) FAT32 supports the encryption of files as part of the file system
C) FAT32 allows for additional file system security features
D) FAT32 can be commonly read by many different operating systems
E) FAT32 has cut down on the carbs and has started working out
The answer: D) FAT32 can be commonly read by many different operating systems
While NTFS provides a number of advanced features, one of the longstanding features of FAT32 is its ability to be read and written by many different operating systems. This means that files can be written to disk and accessed by Windows, Linux, and many other operating systems.
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