Apr 062008

A built in, intentional limitation of Windows XP is that it will only create FAT32 (the older file system seen in Windows 9X\ME operating systems) partitions up to 32GB in size. If you have a disk larger than that and you wish to format it with FAT32, your only choice is to create multiple partitions of 32GB or less. There is an option however. You can use a boot disk from an older version of Windows such as Windows 98 or ME to partition the drive into one large FAT32 partition. Windows XP will then be able to use the space.

You can obtain the necessary boot disk files from here
Download the ME or 98 disk image, then use the FDISK utility to partition the drive and the FORMAT utility to format it with FAT32.

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  3 Responses to “How to Format a hard drive partition larger than 32 Gigs with FAT32”

  1. The stupidity of such a limitation imposed by Windows, in this day of hard drives in the Terabyte sizes is yet another reason I find myself regularly repeating the phrase “fuck Windows”.

  2. Connecting an external hard drive to your Wii to back up and play your games is a simple way to keep expensive discs out of harms way, decrease game load times, and organize your collection with swanky cover art. Here’s how it works

  3. can i install MAC OS on a partition with NTFS format?!

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