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Fat32 is a type of Fat file system.

Fat file system has 3 types

1) Fat12 2)Fat16 3)Fat32

The number in the names of file systems represents no. of bits used in the addressing scheme.

more bits means more addresses, so large drives are accessed and addressed through the file system.

Fat12 was used only for very small drives, floppies and tiny hard drives.

Fat16 is used for only upto the drive/partitions up to 2GB.

Fat32 is is used for addressing upto 2TB drives/partitions.

Before Fat32 the when there was Fat16 was available only, that had 16 bits to address, was called as the Fat simpally.

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