Quoting Mike Richter <[log in to unmask]>:
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At 08:51 PM 2/25/2005 -0500, Steven C. Barr wrote:
Also, the maximum file size is a function of the operating system used, not
the processor. Anything that can use the FAT32 file system (available in any
32-bit version of Windows, which means 95 on up) can handle huge files
(don't recall the actual size, but it's a whole bunch of GB).
You may want to recheck your data. FAT32 is limited to 2 GB at best, I
understand. (1 GB in early versions, hence 1 GB maximum VOB size on
DVD-Video). For large files in Windows, NTFS is required.
Note, too, that it is not the OS but the filesystem which imposes the limit
in practice. Thus, one can run a FAT16 partition under XP - and one would
then be limited by FAT16, not by XP.
There are some issues, but what I understand is more complex than this.
There was a 2 GB barrier under Win95, I believe, but I've got some
hard drives that are FAT32 formatted, but I don't believe that you can format
drives that large in FAT32 under XP (an OS limitation), but you can attach it
to an XP computer.
Also, I believe that the new NAS discs from Maxtor are FAT32 at 250 GB.
this is to avoid an NTFS licensing fee. The serverette in the case is
UNIX core of some flavour. I've been told if the severette in the drive box
breaks, you can pull the disc and put it in a standard computer to get
off. (I'm sensitive to this because some of the early ethernet attached
had proprietary formatting. Grrr).
I use the LaCie Ethernet Disk as my NAS/Server because it has XP
Embedded in it
and the discs are NTFS.
I don't know where the canonical source for this information is, I've been
gleaning it from various sources.
Richard L. Hess