Re: Changing FAT16 to FAT 32 in DOS

Re: Changing FAT16 to FAT 32 in DOS

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Posted by Henry on January 13, 2002 at 21:16:32:

In Reply to: Re: Changing FAT16 to FAT 32 in DOS posted by smokeyx on January 12, 2002 at 19:00:22:

: can't understand that....win98 uses FAT16 by default...but you have the option of using if you can't install win98 its for some other reason...

I don't understand why win 98 doesn't like your FAT16 partition unless the partition is too small or it has something scrambled in a vital spot. Suggest that you make a clean install of win98 by deleting the partition(s), rebuilding them and formatting them. Make sure you are using the 32bit DOS that you get with win95b and later. If you are using DOS from win95a or earlier (like DOS 6.xx - you cannot create FAT32 partitions). Be sure and run scandisk and make a thorough surface scan before you try to install - if you have a bad spot it might choke win98.

If you want to make a really clean install you can download your HDD maker's diagnostic utility and erase the drive completely with the erase or "low level format" function. Don't let the name "low level format" scare you - the program or function does not format anything - it just erases the entiire user accessible surface as the maker does before the drive is shipped. Partition, format and run scandisk as above.

If you need HDD partition and format step-by-step instructions you can find them at:

Select Product Support, Desktop ATA Drives then select Technical Procedures; Doc # 20004 and 20006 are relevant.

Hope this helps,

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