An operating system makes it possible to use space on a computer's disk drives by imposing a structured file system on the disk storage. Each file system has its own conventions for the way in which files are named, folders and directories are structured, and large files are split into smaller pieces, for instance. It is not usually possible to transfer data directly from the file system of one operating system to that of a different operating system, because their conventions are likely to be incompatible.
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