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Piyono

WinXP and FAT32

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I just tried to create an 80GB partition in XP using FAT32, but the built-in disk formatting would only allow me to select NTFS.

I tried Partition Magic Pro 7 and it, too, would not let me format the partition as FAT32. I deleted the partition and created it anew with PMP7 but I couldn't seem to get it to allow a FAT32 format. Is it because FAT32 doesn't support a partition as big as 80GB or is it an XP hangup or what?

Piyono

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Windows XP will not let you create a FAT32 parititon bigger than 40? GB. Partition magic should be able to do it. If you are running it within windows XP, that may be your problem. Make the 2 dos diskettes for Partition magic and they will be able to make the partition for you.

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It's Microsoft's way of trying to get people to use NTFS. XP won't let you format a FAT32 partition over 32GB. It's a limitation of XP and not of FAT32. It you have a Win98 boot disk around, that'll work.

Steve

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"FAT32 supports drives up to 2 terabytes in size" - Mircosoft Knowledge Database..

If u have a windows 98 Bootdisk, boot your computer up with it, then create a new primary 80Gb partition using fdisk...

When u start winXP installation, u can just select the partition to install it to...

unless ur using a dual boot system though (win 9x) id suggest that u format in NTFS rather than Fat32

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Microsoft is trying to kill FAT32. I find that things work better with NTFS anyhow, and would recoment useing it...I think win xp will only allow 10 or 20 GB disks to be FAT 32...

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I use NTFS for my XP and 2000 system disks, but I like keeping my data on FAT32 partitions for the format's wider user base, in case I have to pop my disk into another computer, which happens quite often.

Piyono

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You could use a win98 boot disk and format the hard drive that way.

In case you dont have one, check out:

www.bootdisk.com

I use the win98SE disk that they have, and it works great...

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