What does FAT in Windows7 format options stand for?

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June 21, 2020 at 09:35:34
Specs: Windows 7, P4
Hi,
Windows 7 lists several format options, among which are FAT and FAT32. Does FAT represent FAT16, FAT8, or ???
Thanks,
...... john

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June 21, 2020 at 09:47:49
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_...

There are several flavours, variants of it, as described in the above link.


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June 22, 2020 at 06:24:21
Hi trvlr,
Yes, of course. I was just wondering what "FAT" in Windows 7 format options stands for. It doesn't have any number i.e. 8,12,16,32 attached to it.
........ john

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June 22, 2020 at 07:30:46
These articles may explain more fully/clearly...

https://www.diskpart.com/articles/f...

https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/ho...

As I recall (and it's been a while since last I used windows in any serious vein - I run Macs these days) the default fat for win-7 is fat32. BUT... there is partition limit of 32Gig. If you were trying to format as fat16 in any flavour of windows the limit is then 2Gig.

NTFS is of course the default working format for all members of the NT tribe; from NT-3x forwards... NT3/4x allowed for fat16 - with the 2Gig limit of course; as did W2K, Vista/XP but after that I think with win-7/8 etc... it's more or less not there - unless you use the correct command functions. And in win-7 fat32 being there but only apparent as fat?

Perhaps others here still more familiar with win-7 than am I can/will comment further if needs-be?


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June 26, 2020 at 05:11:57
"there is partition limit of 32Gig"

The FAT32 partition size limit is built into Microsoft's formatting tool. They did it deliberately to "force" people to use NTFS. As stated in the wikipedia article, "The maximum FAT32 volume size is 16 TiB (approximately 17.6 TB) with a sector size of 4,096 bytes". If for some reason you wanted to use FAT32 rather than NTFS on a large HDD or partition, all you'd have to do is use a 3rd party formatting tool to prepare the HDD or partition in advance.


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