Is 32GB the limit to partition for Vista?

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  1. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    Sorry I'm being a pain and asking a load of questions today. I just want to get my MBP sorted before I actually activate my copy of Vista. My question is can you partition bigger than 32GB? or will you be able to in the future?
     
  2. AutumnSkyline macrumors regular

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    A 32 GB or less partition is a FAT32, which allows you to transfer info from windows to OS X. This limits file sizes to 4GB and under. You can partition the drive more using bootcamp, which is what I am assuming you are using.

    So if you ordered the 160GB model, you could partition 40GB (or 50GB, 51GB, or 120 GB or whatever you want really) of it to Vista if you wanted. It would just be the windows default filesystem, NTFS. You can partition how much of the drive you want to, it just wont be in FAT32 if it is over 32 GB
     
  3. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    i'm not sure if i'm understanding your question correctly. but NTFS supports up to 16EiB iirc.

    as for resizing the partition after installing vista, you can probably (doesn't always work!) use the disk management software that comes with it.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You can use any size partition for Windows Vista as long as its greater then the minimum requirements. (~15 GB)

    Note: The 32 GB limit is for FAT32 formatting for Windows 2000/XP. Vista will always format your partition to NTFS.
     
  5. AutumnSkyline macrumors regular

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    Ah, that I did not know, sorry : P :eek:
     
  6. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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  7. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    the default vista file system is NTFS, which doesn't have the 32GB limit.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Regardless of partition size, Windows Vista will always format it to NTFS.
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    if you were to install XP you'd have the option of two different formats. FAT and NTFS, but a FAT partition can't be greater than 32 gigs.

    since you're installing Vista, which has to be formated NTFS this is irrelevant. and as such make the partition as big as you'd like.
     
  10. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    So put simply, yes, you can partition bigger than 32Gb. :)
     
  11. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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