Microsoft KB Archive/253852

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Cannot Select FAT16 or FAT32 File System During Setup


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server


During Setup, you cannot choose whether to format a volume with the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. This is done automatically based on the size of the partition you are formatting.


If the partition to be formatted is smaller than 2048 megabytes (MB), it is formatted using FAT16. If the volume is equal to or larger than 2048 MB, it is formatted using FAT32.

For additional information about file systems, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q184006 Limitations of FAT32 File System with Windows 2000

Q211249 Default File System Choices During Windows 2000 Setup

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbenv kbsetup KBW2KHOME
Issue type : kbinfo
Technology : kbwin2000AdvServ kbwin2000AdvServSearch kbwin2000DataServ kbwin2000DataServSearch kbwin2000Serv kbwin2000ServSearch kbwin2000Search kbwin2000ProSearch kbwin2000Pro kbWinAdvServSearch kbWinDataServSearch

Last Reviewed: October 24, 2000
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