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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table

max FILE size is 4GB. Max PARTITION size is in TB range...

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On XP SP1and later, the partiton can be as big as you want.

On XP (no service packs), you could only make partitions up to 128GB.

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Think I mixed up reading FAT16 docs or something
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310561

FAT32 partition limit is actually 8TB according to microsoft.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314463

There are some installation issues with large partitions, even in XP
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You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk.

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