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01-26-2003, 02:30 PM
Will someone explain to me how I can fdisk a machine but with a fat 32 instead of fat 16 partition?

My bootdisk will only partition as a fat 16 so if someone could explain to me how to get my partition as a fat 32 without having windows 98 automatically do that for me i'd much appreciate it!


01-26-2003, 02:44 PM
Hi there Jjoel
If you do not have a Win98 Boot disk go here http://www.bootdisk.com

I think this is correct, if I am wrong someone will correct me.
Once you are into Fdisk you will be given the choice of setting your HDD for large disk format - SAY YES. This will then make primary as Fat32.

If you go here you will find instructions for formating etc.

This one should take you directly to fdisk instructions

01-26-2003, 02:51 PM
Hi jjoel,

"After you use the Fdisk tool to partition your hard disk, use the Format tool to format those partitions with a file system. The file system File Allocation Table (FAT) allows the hard disk to accept, store, and retrieve data. Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2), Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Windows 2000 support the FAT16 and FAT32 file systems. When you run the Fdisk tool on a hard disk that is larger than 512 megabytes (MB), you are prompted to choose one of the following file systems:

FAT16: This file system has a maximum of 2 gigabytes (GB) for each allocated space or drive letter. For example, if you use the FAT16 file system and have a 6-GB hard disk, you can have three drive letters (C, D, and E), each with 2 GB of allocated space.

FAT32: This file system supports drives that are up to 2 terabytes in size and stores files on smaller sections of the hard disk than the FAT16 file system does. This results in more free space on the hard disk. The FAT32 file system does not support drives that are smaller than 512 MB."

That's straight from tha horses mouth. (M$)

Hope it helps...:)

EDIT: and what Ernie said...;)

01-26-2003, 03:24 PM
and Steve I like the avatar did you draw it yourself? definatly two thumbs up! even though ya'll know i'm pretty radical I still appreciate a peace,goodwill dove :D

01-26-2003, 03:58 PM
Thanks YODA. Nope, it's not mine. I found it out on the web. I like the simplicity of it. The dove and olive branch is of course a peace symbol, but it is even more a symbol of reconciliation.

I know that I'm a dreamer, but I'm still hoping for the day when we live in peace and reconciliation with our brothers and sisters through out the world. One step at a time, one heart at a time.

Peace and Love brothers and sisters...:)