Win XP Offline File Cache Limit

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by NC Beach Bum, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. NC Beach Bum

    NC Beach Bum Guest

    I am working a couple of users who have 4 GB to 6 GB network files that they
    want in their Offline File Cache so they can work away from the office. I
    know this 2 GB limit is fixed in Vista but they don't want to move to Vista.
    Is there another way to get around this 2 GB file limit in Win XP? Is
    there a KB document available on this as I can not find one.

    Thanks for the assistance!
    NC Beach Bum, Sep 11, 2008
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    Jaime Guest

    This is a Windows Media Center forum, your question would be better posted
    in an XP General forum or perhaps a network newsgroup.
    Jaime, Sep 11, 2008
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  3. Meantime - there is *not* a 2 GB file limit in XP (unless it's somehow
    enforced separately in the Offline File Cache - I have no idea).

    There *is* a 2 (or 4) GB file limit on FAT-32 drives (and in some
    programs), but the drives can be converted non-destructively to NTFS.
    OP: search in Microsoft help or on the MS site for how to do that.

    AFAIK, the programs won't be fixed by switching to NTFS, but updated
    versions might work.

    Note that some OSes (e.g., MAC OS-X & older Windows[1]) can't read
    NTFS, and also note that an NTFS drive can't be converted back to

    [1] Should that be "Windowses"? :)
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 11, 2008
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    MOAC OS X can read NTFS volumes but requires a 3rd-party driver (commercial or
    freeware) to write to an NTFS volume.

    Conversion of a volume from NTFS to FAT32 cannot be done directly but copying
    the file data or restoring the backup that you made before converting to NTFS
    in the first place will work.


    Nigel Barker
    Live from the sunny Cote d'Azur
    Nigel Barker, Sep 12, 2008
  5. Useful additions to what I wrote - thanks. I really only meant to refer
    to the native capabilites in both cases.

    I especially like your mentioning of *backing up* first - that was the
    more serious omission on my part :)
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 13, 2008
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