FAT32 --what are the limitations?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by whyrichard, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    What are the advantages (if any) and disadvantes of a fat32 file system. that is an msdos system, correct?

  2. jkballer23 macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2006
    Well, you can't have hard drives or partitions larger than 132GB I think. I can't remember, but there is a hard drive size limitation.
  3. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    The advantages are that if you're installing FAT32 on a drive that moves around a lot and gets plugged into random computers, you can guarantee that any computer can read data off it.

    The disadvantages are: Its a primative FS that doesn't support any of the features of a modern operating system.

    So, good for pen drives, even iPods if you're going to use them to move data between Mac and Windows computers. Bad for a HD permenantly installed on a Mac.
  4. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2005
    A religiously oppressed state
    And you can only name the drive in all caps.
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    The partition limitation is more like 2 TB.

    But, a single file can be no bigger than 4 GB minus 1 Byte.

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