View Full Version : fat in dual boot

02-25-2004, 05:22 AM
why in dual boot system like win98 and ( winxp or win200 ) , we MUST make the fat system in 98 as fat 16 , not 32 .by the way , i made the fat in win98 as 32 many times in the dual boot system and didnt notice anything unusual .

02-25-2004, 07:54 AM
Fat16 limitation applies for only systems dual booting NT and 9x, that doesn't apply for systems dual booting with any two of 9x, 2k and XP. The reason is NT supports only Fat16, whereas 2k and XP support Fat32.That's why if you are planning on running dual-operating systems such as Win9x and NT, you are pretty well stuck with the FAT16 file system and all of its attendant shortcomings, this is not only the lowest common denominator but the only common denominator. <img src=http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v83/shanmuga/yes.gif>

Paul Komski
02-25-2004, 03:56 PM
Shanmuga mentioned WinNT but if you are dual-booting Win98 with Win2K (or WinXP) the Win98 partition can quite happily be FAT32. FAT16 was obviously used when the partition was originally formatted - perhaps after FDisking without large disk support.

You can convert it to FAT32 using The Win98 application Drive Converter (http://www.computertips.com/Windows/Windows98/System%20Utilities/S9980509002.htm) BUT MAKE SURE you backup up your stuff first, since messing with partitions can always go "sunny side down".