Fat32 limtations...?

By cigarman
Dec 28, 2005
  1. I plan on structuring a large hard drive in NTFS to store many gigs of wave music files because I heard there are limits with Fat32. Is it true that Fat32 will not support a hard drive capacity larger than 137 gig or something and that file sizes cannot exceed 2 gig? I must have some sort of work-around going on the file size max because I have a few movie files (backups of some of my original DVDs) that far exceed 2 gig. Is the 137 gig thing true?
  2. luvr

    luvr TS Enthusiast Posts: 59

    The 2-GB file size limit under FAT32 is true.

    I cannot confirm the exact maximum FAT32 partition size, but I believe it will be less than 137 GB. Under Windows 2000 and XP, you cannot even format FAT32 partitions greater than 24 or 32 GB or some such (unless that has changed in Windows XP SP2).
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Using the likes of Partition Magic, you can format larger than 132GB under FAT32.
    The maximum file-size under FAT32 is 4096MB or 4GB.
    But you'd be much better off using NTFS, where these limits do not apply.
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