[ale] [OT] External USB drives

Brian Pitts brian at polibyte.com
Thu Jul 12 23:28:04 EDT 2007

Greg Canter wrote:
> IIRC, only MS Windows has the 4GB limitation for formatting a drive with 
> FAT32 ? you can use Linux to format the entire drive FAT32 so it is 
> compatible with all major systems if you want.  That is how several 
> drives are formatted that I have purchased ? they are in the FAT32 
> format and they most definitely are greater than 4GB.

Windows has an arbitrary 32GiB limit for the size of a volume it will 
format as FAT32. However, the 4GiB (minus one byte) maximum limitation 
on file size is inherent in the filesystem design.


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