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There are several barriers on hard drive size for Windows ME. As it relies on the BIOS for addressing, it suffers from the same limits on hard drive size as the BIOS. Here are the important ones:

127 GB barrier (hardware) - Most PCs of the era that Windows ME was released do not support more than 127 GB hard drives - the extra capacity will be unusable.

127 GB barrier (software) - Windows ME itself cannot address more than 127 GB natively. There are special patches that will allow it to address more. You will also need to use a third-party tool to partition the disk.

2 TB barrier (FAT32 implementation limit) - The FAT32 file system as used by Windows ME cannot be made larger than about 2 TB. However, you can divide the hard drive into partitions, so you should still be able to use disks larger than 2 TB. At this size, the limitations of the FAT32 file system really start to come into play, and defragmentation will take several hours.

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