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I want to partition my large hard disk as a single partition but the system won't let me

Explanation: You have a large hard disk, over 2 GB typically, and want to set it up as a single partition, but the system is restricting you to 2 GB maximum (or less).

Diagnosis: The normal limit on partition size in DOS, Windows 3.x and Windows 95 is 2 binary gigabytes, which is about 2.15 decimal gigabytes; this is a limitation of the conventional FAT16 file system. You can use all of a disk that is larger than this (assuming your BIOS will support the disk or you use another way of overcoming the 504 MB disk size barrier) but you must make each partition no larger than 2 GB. The only way around this is using the FAT32 file system available as part of Windows 95 OEM SR2.


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