Tuesday, 21 February 2006

Formatting large FAT32 partitions

Bought a case for my old laptop's 40GB hard disk, so now I can use it like an external USB device. However, formatting the disk as FAT32 proves somewhat problematic. Microsoft's own support site says: "You cannot format a volume larger than 32 GB in size using the FAT32 file system in Windows 2000. ... This behaviour is by design. ... use the NTFS file system instead". NTFS is fine if you're a Windows only user, but if you want to be able to read/write from other operating systems FAT32 is a must. Enter Linux mkdosfs for Windows NT/2K/XP. A Win32 port of the Linux command mkdosfs. It doesn't seem to have any dependencies on Cygwin or related stuff so should be useful anywhere...

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