FAT16 > FAT32 upgrade; FAT32 > NTFS conversion.
Removable media with MTBF similar to hard drives also can be converted to NTFS.
B10.1.5 General Storage - FAQs
B10.1.5.1 Current storage FAQs
B10.1.5.2 DAC support and PCI storage adapters for large-memory systems [Clarification]
Requirements for PCI adapters to support the PCI DAC command are defined in A1.1.6. For storage devices, at a minimum this includes adapters implemented in or designed as primary storage components -- RAID, Fibre Channel, high-speed SCSI, and so on -- for systems that support more than 4 GB of system memory.
See "Large Memory Enabled Device Driver Hardware and Software Requirements" in the Windows DDK; design guidelines are summarized at http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/newPC/PAEdrv.htm
FAQ Date: January 31, 2001
B10.1.5.4 Support for ATA Bus Master DMA [Clarification]
Recommended for ATAPI peripherals other than hard drives, including CD and DVD devices.
In particular, non-hard disk ATAPI devices (CD, DVD, ZIP, Orb, and magneto-optical devices, and so on) are not required to support Ultra DMA transfers. However, non-hard disk ATAPI devices often share the bus with other devices. Therefore, non-hard-disk ATAPI devices must support ATAPI-5 bus termination schemes such that a device sharing the bus can achieve the bus timing necessary to perform Ultra DMA transfers.
Recommended for ATAPI removable media drives.
FAQ Date: March 5, 1999; June 24, 2000, May 21, 2001
B10.1.5.5 Media status notification [Correction]
The intent of the requirement for media status notification is for devices to support the commands of the implemented bus interface so the operating system can detect when a media event has taken place. The requirements for removable storage devices are defined in the following table; they apply either to single LUN devices or to devices that are part of a Multiple LUN device.
Media status notification implementation
All CD or DVD devices (independent of interconnect)
Required. Comply with ANSI NCITS T10 MMC-2 standard for Media Status Event Notification.
ATAPI floppy/optical direct access drives
(PD, MO, removable magnetic floppy or rigid based, and so on)
Required. Comply with either MMC-2 standard or SFF 8070i Version 1.1.
Recommended. If implemented, support based on SCSIReduced Block Commands (RBC), NCITS.330:2000 is recommended.
Windows XP: A CD-R/RW drive must support the following Get Event/Status Notification commands:
Operational Change Request/Notification
[see also FAQ B10.5.5.4]
FAQ Date: March 19, 1999; May 24, 2001
B10.1.5.6 USB mass storage [Logo Program clarification]
USB-based mass storage devices cannot be the primary method of normal system booting. They are expected to be a replacement for booting to load an operating system on the primary boot drive, or as a replacement for legacy floppy drives.
FAQ Date: August 26, 1999
B10.1.R General Storage - Future Requirements
Announcement of additional future requirements will be published at http://www.microsoft.com/winlogo/hardware/storage/.
B10.1.R.1 Devices that write digital content to removable media are capable of both creating and modifying a Desktop.ini file on the media
This future requirement will address the Windows user experience with Autoplay technology.