PDA

View Full Version : Just out of curiosity



JJJJJ
12-02-2004, 09:41 AM
As I understand it there is now no 20 gig limit with Fat 32.
If I wanted to format my 120 gig HDD to fat 32 how do I do it with Win XP?
I notice when I formatted my drive I did not get the option to use Fat32.
As I said , just curious. I have no intention of switching from NTFS.
Jack

tommy
12-02-2004, 09:55 AM
> As I understand it there is now no 20 gig limit with Fat 32.
The limit is 32GB.

> If I wanted to format my 120 gig HDD to fat 32 how do I do it with Win XP?
From within Disk Management or by using Partition Magic or by booting with Windows XP CD and choosing the option to repartition and format. Note that you would need to create multiple partitions with each partition being 32GB or less. You cannot format 120GB with FAT32. Data will be lost unless using Partition Magic.

> I notice when I formatted my drive I did not get the option to use Fat32.
See above.

DavidW
12-02-2004, 11:10 AM
I am using Win98 and have a hard drive that reports 74.56GB Capacity Fat 32 14.3GB used and 60.1GB free. Am I going to find I have run out of space when used gets to 32GB? David

tweak\'e
12-02-2004, 11:21 AM
it is possible to format larger drives than 32gig with fat32, just don't use MS tools ;-) (sorry i can't remember the max size) however i personally don't bother due to it is better to partition up the drive into more useable sizes.

tommy
12-02-2004, 11:38 AM
> I am using Win98 and have a hard drive that reports
> 74.56GB Capacity Fat 32 14.3GB used and 60.1GB
> free. Am I going to find I have run out of space
> when used gets to 32GB? David

From what I can find out it appears that Windows 98 does not have a 32GB partition size restriction like Windows XP and 2000 do except for not supporting drives that are smaller than 512MB. If your computer indicates that you have 14.3GB used and 60.1GB free space I would not expect you to "run out of space" when 32GB is used up. My understanding is that once the partitions are created they are fixed so that in regards to partition size "what you see is what you get".

tommy
12-02-2004, 11:43 AM
> it is possible to format larger drives than 32gig
> with fat32, just don't use MS tools ;-) (sorry i
> can't remember the max size) however i personally
> don't bother due to it is better to partition up the
> drive into more useable sizes.


Information from the Microsoft Knowledge Base here (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q314463):

You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk.

You learn something new everyday I guess. :-)

mark.p
12-02-2004, 11:48 AM
Fat32 can be on less than 512meg drives/partitions. Done it a few times.

JJJJJ
12-02-2004, 11:52 AM
Hi Tommy, Guess that answers my question. Thanks.
Jack

tommy
12-02-2004, 11:58 AM
> Fat32 can be on less than 512meg drives/partitions. Done it a few times.

My information was taken from the Microsoft Knowledge Base here (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;255867)which I assumed would be correct:

The FAT32 file system does not support drives that are smaller than 512 MB.

I give up. :-)

tweak\'e
12-02-2004, 12:49 PM
thanks tommy handy to know :)

mark.p
12-02-2004, 01:03 PM
Sssh! Don't tell MS. It's our wee secret ok? :)

robsonde
12-02-2004, 01:30 PM
if i remember right you will find that XP will not format fat16 and so will only give the option of fat of ntfs.

the fat option is fat32 becase it wont/cant do fat16.

so.....

select fat and you should be all good.

godfather
12-02-2004, 03:04 PM
Sorry Derek, Microsoft say:

Windows XP supports the creation of primary partitions and logical drives of up to 4 gigabytes (GB) using the FAT16 file system. The maximum cluster size is 64K.

The 4-GB partition limit is imposed by the maximum number of clusters and the largest cluster size supported by the FAT file system. In Windows XP, FAT16 is limited to 64K clusters. Multiply the maximum number of clusters (64k) by the maximum cluster size (64K), and the result is 4GB. In addition to Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 also support FAT16 volumes up to 4GB in size.

FAT16 volumes larger than 2GB are not accessible from computers running Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98, Windows 95, or MS-DOS. The size limit for FAT16 volumes in these operating systems is 2 GB. In other words, to maintain compatibility with Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95, or MS-DOS, a volume cannot be larger than 2 GB.

senmuyoshi
21-04-2005, 08:23 AM
In windows XP go to : Start - run : type cmd : after the command prompt comes up type : format X: /FS:FAT32

X = the drive you want to format

Hope that helps.

Here is a link with other format commands:

http://home.earthlink.net/~rlively/MANUALS/COMMANDS/F/FORMAT.HTM#SwitchFS

Myth
21-04-2005, 09:03 AM
Have a look at this site.. it will help you with your query..

ABIT FAQs: FAT32 (http://www.abit-usa.com/faq/mb/2002031801.php)

pheonix
21-04-2005, 10:03 AM
A post from over 12 months ago.... Talk about raising the dead :rolleyes: