How do I determine what file system is running on my hard drive?

Window 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8 users
Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME users

Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8 users

  1. Open My Computer
  2. In my computer, right-click the drive you want to view.
  3. Click Properties
  4. The Properties window should list the file system in the General tab. As shown in the picture below, the file system of this computer is NTFS.

Windows File System

Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP users who administrative privileges can also see what file system is running on their computer by following the steps below.

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Open Administrative Tools (XP Professional users need to open Performance and Maintenance and then Administrative Tools).
  3. Open the Computer Management.
  4. In Computer Management under Storage click Disk Management, which displays all drives and each of their file systems and other important information about the drives.

Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME users

Users who are using Microsoft Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME can determine the file system (FAT version) on their computer by running the fdisk command and display the partition information. See the fdisk command page for additional information and help with this command.

Users using Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows ME

Users running Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows ME can also determine the file system that is running on the computer by following the steps below.

  1. Open My Computer
  2. In my computer, right-click the drive you want to view.
  3. Click Properties
  4. The Properties window should list the file system in the General tab.

Additional information

  • See the file system definition for further information and related links.