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003. I am using the DOS Fdisk utility to destructively repartition my hard drive. How should I deal with the question pertaining to whether or not I should "enable large disk support"?




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This article is from the the Brief Linux FAQ (BLFAQ) Maintained by Neil Zanella nzanella@ganymede.cs.mun.ca

003. I am using the DOS Fdisk utility to destructively repartition my hard drive. How should I deal with the question pertaining to whether or not I should "enable large disk support"?

That question really has to do with whether you want to use a FAT32 or a FAT16 file system with your DOS/Windows partition. Linux will coexist equally well with both file systems except that in order to see a FAT32 file system from your Linux partition you will need a version of the kernel at least as recent as 2.0.35 .

 

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