01-07-2007, 03:05 PM
Originally Posted by snoslicer8
I don't think you can FAT32 drives that big...I thought the maximum size of FAT32 partitions is 30 GB or something like that.
A FAT32 volume can be up to 8TB in size. My wife's 80G iPod uses FAT32.
Windows places an (unexplained, unjustified) limit on FAT32 partitions when installing the OS but this is a quirk of Windows, not the file system.
Note that one limitation of the FAT32 system is a maximum file
size of 4GB; this can be a problem for large video recordings, large databases, etc.
The only reason to use FAT32 is if you need compatibility between both Mac and PC computers with the same external HDD. If you're never going to hook a PC up to the HDD, I'd definitely recommend using the Mac OS Extended filesystem.