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By galahad04 ·
I would like to know how to, step-by-step using the fdisk utility, make the two 2 GB partitions on my computer's single hard drive into a single 4 GM partition, and changing it from FAT16 to FAT32. For example, is it as simple as when fdisk.exe loads to select "Enable large disk support", or are there more steps involved? I am running Windows Me so FAT32 support is not a problem. Also please do not worry about existing stuff on the drive, since I know fdisk formats the drive--I have already transferred all important stuff to removable media.

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by JimBb In reply to Using fdisk.exe

-Make sure you have a bootable diskette at hand, because as you say, everything will be gone once you have removed the two 2 GB partitions. Check www.bootdisk.com, if you haven't got one at hand. Ideally you'd boot from that diskette in stead of in WindowsXX.
-So, start FDISK on a DOS prompt. Enable large disk support? yes.
-Select 3 (Delete Partition). You may have to do this a few times in a row, depending on how those 2 partitions have been made. I suppose you have a primary DOS partition (C:), and an extended DOS partition, in which a logical DOS drive (D:) was made? The correct order is:
1: logical DOS drive
2: extended DOS partition
3: primary DOS partition
It's pretty simple, you just have to indicate the partition "number", as displayed in the list. And you'll have to give the disk label as well, but that is shown in the list too.

-Next, make a new partition. Press <Esc> until you are back at the main menu, and select 1 (Create partition), and 1 again (PrimaryDOS partition). You'll be asked if you want to use the maximum partition size, that depends on you. If you do want that, just press <Esc> once that is finished until you're back at the prompt, and reboot your PC: you're ready to format the partition.

If you DON'T want the partition to be the maximum size, indicate the size you want (like 4096 MB = 4 GB, for example), and press <Esc> once that is finished until you're back at the main menu. Then select 2 (Set active partition), and indicate the number of the partition you want to be active (probably number one, since you just created the only one). Then press <Esc> until you're back at the DOS prompt, and reboot your PC. You're ready to format the partition.

Jim

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by galahad04 In reply to Using fdisk.exe

Thank you very much for your excellent tip! Using your directions, I was finally able to easily do what I?ve been wanting to for the past year with this disk drive, but didn?t know how. As a gesture of gratitude for your helpful response, I have awarded 200 extra TechPoints (so that the total worth of the question is 500 TechPoints). Thanks again!

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