NTFS true maximum partition size
Posted on 1998-12-15
According to microsoft, for NTFS "The maximum partition size is 2TB (terabyte, a trillion bytes). NTFS actually has an upper limit of 16 exabytes (quintillion bytes, or 16 million TB), but since current industry standard limits the Partition Tables to 2 to the 32nd power sectors (with 512B sectors, that's 2 TB), the actual current upper limit is 2 TB."
BUT I have often heard, (even at EE), that the actual maximum size for a single parition is around 5 GB? Is this true? Or is it that due to some hardware limitation that it is impossible map more than this? In a nutshell if I have, say, a 10GB hard disk. Can I have a single 10 GB NTFS partition. And if not, why not?