Tip

Why you shouldn't use FAT as your boot partition

Why you shouldn't use FAT as your boot partition

This tip was submitted to the searchSecurity Tip Exchange by user Ken Robson. Let other users know how useful it is by rating the tip below.

You should never consider using FAT as a boot partition.

    Requires Free Membership to View

By doing so, you run the following risks:

[1] Anyone that can gain console access can alter system information. This can be overcome by changing the "logon locally" user right.

[2] Anyone that can gain access to a machine can boot from a DOS floppy and change system files.

[3] If any mistakes are ever made with share permissions, the machine is wide open.

People often advocate using FAT to enhance recoverability. This is totally unnecessary in Windows 2000. If you boot from the install CD and select the recover option, you will be able to mount the C: drive onto the CD after providing the administrator password. You can then access the file system as if it were a FAT file system boot from DOS.

If you run Windows NT 4, you can recover the system partition by purchasing a copy of NTFSdos ($199), which allows booting from DOS floppies and mounting the system partition.


 

This was first published in May 2001

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.