Hierarchical File Systems

Every operating system needs a file system to save and retrieve data. Most file systems have various strengths and weakness associated with flexibility, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and fault tolerance. Various types of file systems exist, each with its inherent strengths and limitations.
Both Windows and Linux have hierarchical file systems. While such hierarchical file systems have certain unique strengths over other types of file systems, they have their weaknesses too. As a computing professional, you need to understand such strengths and weaknesses. Such understanding will help you ensure the reliability of the system, that the critical data remains secure, and that it is easily accessible by those that need to see it. You also need to be able to compare hierarchical file systems with other types of file systems used by different operating systems.
For this Discussion, read Chapter 8 of Linux Pro, the “Disk and File System Management” resource, and Chapter 9, “Network File System (NFS),” of the Red Hat Linux 4: Red Hat Linux Reference Guide. These three resources can be located in this week’s Learning Resources.

Write an explanation of one strength and one weakness of a tree-structured directory. Describe another type of file system different from the hierarchical file system. Explain which file system you would prefer and why

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