Microsoft KB Archive/248449

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Article ID: 248449

Article Last Modified on 5/8/2001


  • MSDN 2003 Universal Edition

This article was previously published under Q248449


NetCopy.exe can be used to create a network installation point for the MSDN Library. When running NetCopy and copying all MSDN Library files to a network share, the following warning may incorrectly appear:

Warning! The target location is formatted as a FAT drive. Due to the large number of files in MSDN, the target location may not have enough space. Please refer to the READMEDN.HTM file on Disc 1 for more information.

This message displays, even though the target network share is known to be using the FAT32 file system.


This problem can happen when the network share is on a Windows 2000 computer. Setup is using GetVolumeInformation API to determine the file system type. The GetVolumeInformation API incorrectly returns FAT instead of FAT32 when used on a Windows 2000 FAT32 network share.


Verify that the file system is FAT32:

  1. Go to the actual target computer. Do not use the network share.
  2. Use Windows Explorer to select the target drive.
  3. Right-click on the drive letter, and select Properties.
  4. Verify that the File System is FAT32.

After verifying that the target network share is on a FAT32 drive, you can safely ignore the warning. If the target drive is not FAT32, please see the READMEDN.htm file on Disc 1 of the MSDN Library for more information about the potential problem.


This behavior is by design.


The NetCopy.exe program first shipped with the January 2000 MSDN Library.

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