have a new 80gb HDD not able to install FAT32

December 16, 2010 at 12:11:29
Specs: Windows XP, intel3/256
installed new 80gb hdd initailly had choice tou format in fat32 or ntfs Ichose ntfs. I now want to format in fat 32 but win cd only allows formating in ntfs please help

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#1
December 16, 2010 at 12:17:41
I suggest You try deleting the while partition and recreating it as a FAT32 one.
start here:
right-click my computer, -> manage -> disk management

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#2
December 16, 2010 at 12:21:18
You will not be able to format the entire 80Gb drive in Fat32 with Windows. Windows restricts Fat 32 to 32 Gbs because above that the slack space starts getting to large.

If you must have the entire drive as Fat 32 I would split it into smaller partitions.

Stuart


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#3
December 16, 2010 at 12:29:21
thank you very much for your help

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#4
December 16, 2010 at 13:52:11
I don't why you'd want FAT32 but all you need to do is use the HDD manufacturer's software to format the drive. The 32GB limit is strictly a false limit created by Microsoft to force you to use NTFS.

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#5
December 16, 2010 at 14:01:20
The 32GB limit is strictly a false limit created by Microsoft to force you to use NTFS.

It is a limit created by Microsoft the stop the uniformed from formatting huge disks with Fat 32 and wondering why a small 10kB file takes up 128 bBs of space.

What benefit is it to Miscroft to force any one to use any particular file system.

There are some perfectly valid reasons why someone might need to use Fat32. That is why MS put Fat 32 into Windows XP. If they want to force people to use NTFS they would have just eliminated Fat32 from Windows XP and it successors altogether wouldn't they.

Stuart


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#6
December 16, 2010 at 16:18:12
The XP installer and disk manager will not format a partition larger than 32GB as FAT32 but you can install XP on such a partition if it already exists. You can create the partition by booting from a Win98 or ME bootdisk. This article explains how:
http://www.petri.co.il/install_windows_xp_on_large_fat32_partitions.htm

But be sure you really need FAT32. NTFS is normally preferred for XP.


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#7
December 16, 2010 at 17:20:05
I'm not advocating the use of FAT32 on large HDDs, all I'm saying is it can be done. External HDDs regularly come pre-formatted as FAT32. This is done to ensure compatibility with numerous different operating systems.

Just as an example, a 500GB Seagate HDD can be setup as one huge FAT32 partition if Seagate's Seatools software is used to partition & format. The cluster size is also configurable using the Seagate utility so that slack space doesn't get out of hand. If someone wanted to, they could use a 4K cluster size just like NTFS does.

The Microsoft's format utility built into W2K, XP, etc is deliberately limited to 32GB with 32K clusters. If this wasn't done to force the user to use NTFS, then why?


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