Some time ago, I bought a 120GB external hard-drive to hold all my important files. When I first bought it, it came from the factory pre-formated in FAT32. The entire 120GB external hard-drive was formatted in one, single FAT32 partition.
This was when I was still using Windows XP. Eventually, I reformated it to NTFS so my files would be somewhat safer.
Now I am switching over to Linux. Trouble is, Linux can not write to the external hard drive in NTFS format, however, it can read from it with no problem.
Someone on another Linux forum told me to reformat it back to FAT32 and Linux would then be able to write to it as well. Which I did.
Trouble is, you can only reformat FAT32 in 32MB partition "chunks". This means I had to reformat it in three 32MB partition "chunks" and one 20MB partition "chunk". So now the drive is showing up as four seperate hard-drives which is not only annoying, it also more troublesome to deal with whenever I want to store files on my external hard-drive.
My question is this:
How come the factory can format the entire external hard-drive in one FAT32 partition, but yet I can only do it 32MB "chunks"?