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Installing XP, 8 GB RAM, 750 Gb HD? RRS feed

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  • Is it possible to install XP on a PC with 8 GB RAM? Do I need to use NTSF? FAT 32 doesnt seem to support more than 2 GB RAM?

    Thanks for any information,

    Emil

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:37 PM

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  • Untested, this should be possible.  You are talking about the 32 bits edition of XP, and I think (= might be wrong) that all 32 bits Windows editions are limited to 4 GB RAM, i.e., you could use the other 4 GB only as a RAM disk.  I vaguely recall that AMD offers a free RAM disk driver for this purpose, ask a search engine.  NTFS supports lots of features not found on FAT (incl. FAT32), e.g., hard and soft links, junctions, advanced access rights, compression, sparse files, alternate data streams, etc.  

    FAT barely manages long file names with a horrible hack allegedly patented by Microsoft, and Microsoft's format tools won't let you format really big volumes as FAT32.  The theoretical limit is 2 TB = 1024*2 GB, but that requires huge cluster sizes and far too many sectors for the file allocation tables, it's a bad idea.  The real killer is the file size limit, FAT directory entries can only handle less than 4 GB per file.  Any decent video, virtual hard disk, or backup file could need more than 4 GB.  In other words, pick NTFS.  Of course FAT is still fine for (relatively small) SD-cards.  

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 5:00 PM
  • Is it possible to install XP on a PC with 8 GB RAM? Do I need to use NTSF? FAT 32 doesnt seem to support more than 2 GB RAM?

    Thanks for any information,

    Emil

    Windows Xp is most 32 bit. 32 bit can only see 3.27GB. Therefore, the rest of 5.73GB is wasted. If you have a 64bit Windows, than yes you can use all of the RAM.

    If RAM is in 2x4GB sticks, take one out.

    Fat32 has a limit of 4GB minus 1 or 2 GB. NTFS has a limit of 256 TBs minus 64 KBs.

    You will need to use NTFS for the hard drive.

    Friday, August 16, 2013 11:36 AM

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  • Untested, this should be possible.  You are talking about the 32 bits edition of XP, and I think (= might be wrong) that all 32 bits Windows editions are limited to 4 GB RAM, i.e., you could use the other 4 GB only as a RAM disk.  I vaguely recall that AMD offers a free RAM disk driver for this purpose, ask a search engine.  NTFS supports lots of features not found on FAT (incl. FAT32), e.g., hard and soft links, junctions, advanced access rights, compression, sparse files, alternate data streams, etc.  

    FAT barely manages long file names with a horrible hack allegedly patented by Microsoft, and Microsoft's format tools won't let you format really big volumes as FAT32.  The theoretical limit is 2 TB = 1024*2 GB, but that requires huge cluster sizes and far too many sectors for the file allocation tables, it's a bad idea.  The real killer is the file size limit, FAT directory entries can only handle less than 4 GB per file.  Any decent video, virtual hard disk, or backup file could need more than 4 GB.  In other words, pick NTFS.  Of course FAT is still fine for (relatively small) SD-cards.  

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 5:00 PM
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