how to create FAT partition larger than 32g?

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  1. ccoleman88 macrumors newbie

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    hi,
    I have been told that i can create a FAT partition to share my itunes between xp and leopard, when i attempt to create the partition in xp its limited to 32g, in leopard, i dont have an option for FAT or msdos under disk utility.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    The FAT filesystem doesn't support anything above 32GB.
    You'll have to store your library on multiple partitions.
     
  3. ccoleman88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    from what ive read, the 32g limit is enforced by xp during creation, and that other utilities(leopard) should be able to create them larger
     
  4. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    Actually thats wrong.
    Fat32 supports up to 2tb (terrabytes). The issue is Windows.

    This should help you format it to fat32 (in windows)
    http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?fat32format.htm
     
  5. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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  6. ccoleman88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so whats the process here? i just got my new macbook in

    i have a 250g hd currently on one partitionfor leopard, im now setting bootcamp up.

    so if i wanted to do something like 90/90/70
    then i would create a 70g empty partition in mac, then bootcamp a 90g partition for windows, then from within windows format the empty 70 partition as fat using this utility??

    is this really a good approach? i dont see much talk about using itunes between both partitions,is this really that uncommon for bootcampers?
     
  7. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Why not just buy a external thats already FAT32 & larger than 32GB?
     
  8. ccoleman88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    not a bad idea, but would prefer not to have to plug my external in for all my media
     
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    I know but I'm lazy its a good cop out though, plus it'll be alot larger GB's wise ( if you so wish ) than trying to partition your internal, id just get some portable and be done with it
     
  10. plinden macrumors 68040

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    You can't have more than two partitions with Boot Camp. Boot Camp won't allow you to repartition a Mac HD that's already partitioned.

    So you have the choice of keeping your iTunes library in the Windows partition and installing MacFUSE/NTFS-3g to access it from your OS X partition, or keeping it on your OS X partition and installing something like MacDrive in Windows.

    I personally would just go with an external drive.
     

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