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MS-DOS partition limits (Miscellaneous)

posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 24.02.2009, 19:29

> > > How much storage can you use on a single HD on pure dos? 24 partitions
> > of
> > > 2GB or so?
> >
> > If "pure DOS" implies "retail MS-DOS", yes.
>
> Yes and no. I also include the w9x doses booted in dos. (so without w9x
> running).

Early versions of Win95 didn't support LBA or FAT32, I think corrected in OSR2 or so. Anyways, here's what the FreeDOS Wikipedia page says:

"FAT32 is fully supported, even booting from it. Depending on the BIOS used, as many as four LBA hard disks up to 128 GB, or even 2 TB in size are supported."

> > Note that you can't store all
> > these partitions on a single disk because retail MS-DOS never supported
> > LBA, so it accesses only the first 8 GiB of all disks. Most modern DOS
> > versions (even later MS-DOS) however support LBA and FAT32 (some even
> > support up to 32 drive letters instead of 26 ;-)).
>
> Is there a canonical list with most important properties somewhere?

Comparison of x86 DOS OSes

 

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