Originally posted by Monster
- Partition: from 512 MB up to 2 TB.
- However in Windows XP you can format a FAT32 partition up to 32 GB only (bug???)
And yes, Windows XP can read partitions larger than 32 GB (up to 2 Terabytes, in theory).
It's apparently just a limitation, supposedly during setup. I have an 80GB that is formatted as a single FAT32 partition, and it reads it fine. My other drive, which I formatted during setup, had to be broken into chunks, or I had to use NTFS, as per above.
# You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk.