Formatting hdd's in XP Pro. compatible with FAT32?

  Chewie100 12:31 01 Oct 04

I have been told that when formatting a new hard drive with the FAT32 platform on XP Home, the maximum volume size allowed is 32gig, so I have just given my new LaCie 250gig hard drive to a friend of mine who said he would try formatting it on his machine (which has XP Pro) to try to solve the problem. I want to be able to use the drive between different Windows OS's and also Mac OS's (not just MacOSX) as in the case of NTFS.
Simple question, will this work?

  Gongoozler 14:44 01 Oct 04

Hi Chewie100. I'm still trying to understand the full implications of FAT32 versus NTFS, but according to this site click here, Windows XP (any version) and Windows 2k can cannot format a FAT32 partition larger than 32G by design, but can mount a larger partition. To format a larger partition you will need to use Windows 98, 98SE or ME.

  bremner 17:24 01 Oct 04

You can also download Maxblaster3 for DOS from click here

This will enable you to format the drive in FAT32 - I actually did this very thing on Wednesday.

  Chewie100 10:09 10 Oct 04

well, it turns out you can only have a max of 4 partitions, and one of those has to be ntfs.

  Philwane 10:20 10 Oct 04

If I need to format larger than 32gig in fat32 I use the Win98se boot floppy then Fdisk and Format with that

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