Posts Tagged ‘FAT’

Microsoft’s Fat Related Patents Rejected


The U.S. Patent Office has rejected two Microsoft patents over the FAT file format, but the software maker said Wednesday that it’s not ready to give up its battle to protect its widely used method for storing data.

The patent office delivered its ruling late last month but made it public this week. With one of the patents, the decision is what’s considered a final rejection, while with another it’s considered nonfinal. In both cases, Microsoft has the ability to pursue its claims further.

There has been concern that if the FAT patents are upheld, Microsoft may claim that Linux infringes on Microsoft technology and will seek a royalty. Any monetary compensation could threaten the operating system, which under General Public License (GPL) terms may not be distributed if it contains patented technology that requires royalty payments.

A Microsoft representative said Wednesday that the company considers the latest rejections somewhat of a victory because the examiners have rejected the prior-art claims. Microsoft said the latest rejections are centered on how the inventor of the patents is listed.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this later. ;)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 5, 2005 at 2:39 pm

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Creating a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition (Q311073)

This article describes how to create a Windows boot disk to access a drive with a faulty boot sequence on an Intel x86-processor-based computer.

NOTE : The procedure for RISC-based computers is different and not documented in this article.

This Windows boot disk can access a drive that has the Windows NT file system (NTFS) or File allocation table (FAT) file system installed. The procedures in this article can be useful to work around the following boot problems:

  • Corrupted boot sector.
  • Corrupted master boot record (MBR).
  • Virus infections.
  • Missing or corrupt NTLDR or
  • Incorrect Ntbootdd.sys driver.
  • This boot disk can also be used to boot from the shadow of a broken mirror, although you may need to change the Boot.ini file to do that.

Click here for the article.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 10, 2004 at 2:15 am

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