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Subject: Re: Newb question about external HD's (non-aol) but still newb

Re: Newb question about external HD's (non-aol) but still newb

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 11:49:04 -0400

George Styles wrote:

> There is not a 32gig limit on Fat32, but Windows XP (and maybe 2000) will
> refuse to format a larger drive than this.
> The solution is to either use Win98 to format, or to get a (free) 3rd party
> utility which allows you to format such a large drive Fat32.
> Its not really a problem.

Further info:

The FAT32 file system can support drives up to a theoretical size of 2
terabytes, but Windows 2000 Professional and XP Professional cannot
format a volume larger than 32 GB using FAT32.

Microsoft recommends using the NTFS file system for partitions greater
than 32GB. As a FAT32 partition goes beyond 32GB, the cluster size that
is used jumps from 16K to 32K, which means an average of 16K of wasted
space per file. FAT32 is also a much less robust file system, which is
another reason that Microsoft wants users to go with NTFS.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP fully support FAT32 partitions over 32GB if
they have been formatted by some other system or utility.

   Fred Maxwell

Received on 2004-06-16

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