SV: Re: How do I access external USB fat32 160 GB drive?

Bobby Knight tyskdisciplin at
Sat Aug 19 09:43:30 UTC 2006

John Nielsen <lists at> skrev:  On Friday 18 August 2006 13:40, Bobby Knight wrote:
> When I try to mount the drive with mount_msdos it tells me the filsystem
> is to big. The drive consists av a single fat32 partition.
> Windows can access it so it must be possible in FreeBSD too. I read about
> recompiling the kernel with option MSDOSFS_LARGE. But that option seems to
> be gone i GENERIC now.

Hence the need to compile your own kernel. Refer to /usr/src/sys/conf/NOTES 
for details on _why_ you may or may not want to use this. Refer to the 
handbook for information on how to compile your own kernel (it's easy).

I don't know how to interpret that warning. I won't have more than 1 million files on the fat32 fs. But I will wan't to write to it. Is it not possible to write to it?
  Thank you for your help

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