Thank you both for information. Although I have my own Western Digital external HD. I have XP so formatted it with NTFS. Can you format a large 250MB drive with FAT Format. last question. Is ME OK with USB2 Card installed internally. I will then pass information on to my niece.
In order to overcome the volume size limit of FAT16, while still allowing DOS real-mode code to handle the format without unnecessarily reducing the available conventional memory, Microsoft decided to implement a newer generation of FAT, known as FAT32, with cluster counts held in a 32-bit field, of which 28 bits are currently used.
In theory, this should support a total of approximately 268,435,456 (228) clusters, allowing for drive sizes in the range of 8 tebibytes with 32K clusters. On Windows 95/98, due to the version of Microsoft's ScanDisk utility included with these operating systems being a 16-bit application, the FAT structure is not allowed to grow beyond 4,177,920 (< 222) clusters, placing the volume limit at 127.53 gigabytes.. A limitation in original versions of Windows 98/98SE's Fdisk causes it to incorrectly report disk sizes over 64GB. A corrected version is available from Microsoft. These limitations do not apply to Windows 2000/XP except during Setup, in which there is a 32GB limit. Windows ME supports the FAT32 file system without any limits.
Thank you for that information scotty. I think it means he can use an external drives but not absolutely 100 percent sure. The good thing is I will be able to put a USB2 PCI card in his computer if he has enough space, when I visit him this year.
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