"Steve Urbach" <dragonsclaw@NOTmindspring.com> wrote in message
> On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 12:37:33 -0800, Mykal
> <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>>I wasn't using any 3rd party software, and it was on XP Pro, thanks.
> You might be seeing the small "Diagnostic" partition installed by some
> suppliers (Toshiba has this) . There should be more than one partition
> on the drive in this case.
> BTW I have both XPpro and Vista drives in my dual boot system with no
>>"Steve Urbach" wrote:
>>> On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:11:10 -0800, Mykal
>>> <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>>> >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my
>>> >drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
>>> >partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which
>>> >analyzes my
>>> >hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't
>>> >me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is
>>> >Somebody please.....
>>> FAT16 ?
>>> Wasn't the partition size limit for FAT16, 512 Megabytes?
Windows XP supports the creation of primary partitions and logical drives of
up to 4 gigabytes (GB) using the FAT16 file system. The maximum cluster size
The 4-GB partition limit is imposed by the maximum number of clusters and
the largest cluster size supported by the FAT file system. In Windows XP,
FAT16 is limited to 64K clusters. Multiply the maximum number of clusters
(64k) by the maximum cluster size (64K), and the result is 4GB. In addition
to Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 also
support FAT16 volumes up to 4GB in size.
FAT16 volumes larger than 2GB are not accessible from computers running
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98, Windows 95, or
MS-DOS. The size limit for FAT16 volumes in these operating systems is 2 GB.
In other words, to maintain compatibility with Windows Me, Windows 98,
Windows 95, or MS-DOS, a volume cannot be larger than 2 GB. For additional
information about FAT16 drive and partition size limits in Windows Me,
Windows 98, Windows 95, and MS-DOS, click the article numbers below to view
the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310561
>>> If you were running a 3rd party drive manager to use this /oversized/
>>> drive on a older O/S, you will need to use that O/S to BOOT and copy
>>> the data to another machine (you can NOT do a drive to drive copy on
>>> the same machine). Use a 'Laplink' type cable (uses serial or Parallel