Block Device File Systems (Windows CE 5.0)

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The FAT file system implementation supports block devices. The FAT file system does not read or write to block devices directly; it uses underlying block device drivers for all access to block device hardware. The block device driver must present the block device to the FAT file system as a block-oriented device.

Block device drivers transparently manage or emulate ordinary disk drives, so applications do not need to behave differently when reading and writing files to the block device.

The FAT file system provides an abstraction between files in the application name space, such as \Storage Card\Excel Docs\Expense report.pxl, and devices in the device name space, such as DSK1:.

You can also implement additional installable file systems. For more information about installable file systems, see Installable File System.

See Also

Block Driver Architecture | Block Driver Samples | Block Driver Registry Settings | Block Driver Manager | File System Loading and Unloading | Block Driver Interface | Block Driver Loading | Block Driver Installation | Block Driver Detection | Block Driver Access | Block Driver Power Cycle

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