FAT32 Format in Windows® XP®
Do you want to know about by Windows XP FAT 32 file system format and what are its limitations?
FAT in turn refers to File Allocation Table in computer. FAT32 is the higher version of FAT file system format. This is an updated version and includes all the latest and improved features that are in FAT file format. This file system supports EIDE hard disk sizes larger than 2 gigabytes. It also allows a default cluster size about 4 KB for its users. The FAT32 is only accessed through Microsoft Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition and also via Windows XP. FAT32 file system is not supported by Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. FAT32 was introduced in August 1996 with Windows 95 version OSR2. The FAT32 offers advanced features like reduction of some limitation of FAT file system. FAT32 is capable of using maximum of 2 TB drive size. Even though, it offers numerous features it includes some limitations while using with different operating systems.
Following are some information about FAT32 file system in Windows XP and about its limitations:
- Less cluster size
- Issues in formatting larger volumes
- Problems in creating larger size files
Less cluster size
The main limitation of using FAT32 is that the clusters used cannot be larger than 64 KB. Due to this, some programs such as set-up programs may incorrectly calculate the disk space used. FAT32 may contain minimum of 65,527 clusters. Users may not be able to increase the cluster size on a volume which uses FAT32 file system and which contains clusters fewer than 65,527.
Issues in formatting larger volumes
Users using FAT 32 may not be able to format a volume larger than 32 GB in size during Windows XP installation process. This is due to limitation of FAT32. Windows XP includes a capability to mount and support FAT32 volumes that are larger than 32 GB. But, users may not be able to create a FAT32 volume that is larger than 32 GB with the help of format tool during the set-up process.
Another limitation is while creating files of larger size. When the user attempts to format FAT32 partition which is larger than 32 GB during the installation process of Windows XP, users may encounter "Unsuccessful format operation" error. Users may receive failed format operation near the end of the process. Users may also receive “Logical Disk Manager: Volume size too big” error message.