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FAT32 was created to supercede FAT16, and was Introduced by Windows 95 OSR2. It uses a 32-Bit Addressing System for Disk Clusters.

Maximum file size on a FAT32 Volume is 4GB (A Problem now being encountered for those with DVD Images, as FAT32 cannot handle them is above 4GB), but the Maximum Volume Size is under debate.

Windows XP will only format FAT32 Volumes up to 32GB, however, other utlities will theoretically format FAT32 Volumes up to 8 Terabytes in size. However, if a FAT32 Primary Partition is greater than 8GB, then there is no guarentee that it will be bootable.

Maximum number of files on a FAT32 Volume is 4,177,920, with the maximum number of Files and Folders standing at 65,534 per folder.

Also see the FAT32 Structure Information.


Filesystem List
Filesystems: FAT | FATX | FAT12 | FAT16 | FATX16 | FAT32 | FATX32 | NTFS | JFS | Ext | Ext2 | Ext3 | HPFS | ReiserFS | Reiser4 | HFS+ | FFS | UFS1 | UFS2 | UFSMacOSX | XFS | OFS | BFS | BeFS | OpenBFS | NSS | NWFS | ODS5 | VxFS | ZFS | MFS | IFS | AFS | TVFS | MinixFS | SkyFS | AtheOSFS | ArlaFS | CDFS | UDF | CFS | DFS | OpenAFS | GFS | DTFS | CODA | UMSDOS | OldBeFS | RFS | EFS

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