I recently bought a 250GB Seagate Barracuda, but I didn't want to format to NTFS because I might be using Linux in the near future. So I decided to split the drive in two, and format each to FAT32. Each drive gives me 116GB of useable space, presumably leaving 9GB for the FAT. Everything was going fine for about a week, but now some random files and folders have been created, containing invalid characters. After a Scandisk, it found over 6000 lost file fragments! Luckily, I have made a backup of everything important, so formatting and starting again isn't a problem. I thought this problem was due to a faulty hard drive, so I sent an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) to eBuyer, and they've accepted it.
The thing is, I read on Wikipedia that FAT32 can support drive sizes up to 124GB, which I though wasn't including the FAT itself (so my 116GB would be OK), but what if it means including
the FAT? Does this mean that I'm stretching FAT32's limitations? Is this drive too large for it? If so, why did DOS let me format it to FAT32?
Could I solve the problem by splitting the drive into three FAT32 partitions?
Thanks in advance,