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Convert FAT16 to FAT32

By choy.waigiat ·
I want to convert my hard disk from FAT16 to FAT32 in WIN98. Will my files in C drive be lost?


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by dmiles In reply to Convert FAT16 to FAT32

No you should not lose any data files during the conversion

Without becoming too technical, larger hard drives, that is, those over 512 MEG, become prime FAT32 candidates. They can, by using FAT32 partitioning, take advantage of more efficient usage of hard drive real estate. What this means in practical terms is that one can put more data on a drive configured as a FAT32 partition than the earlier FAT16 standard.

The very best source is the Microsoft Knowledge base

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by TheChas In reply to Convert FAT16 to FAT32

While you should not loose any data or files, it is still a GOOD idea to backup your critical files before running the conversion.

Keep in mind that unless you use a utility such as Partition Magic, there is no way to go back to FAT16 after the conversion to FAT32.

The conversion utility is at:
System tools/
Drive Converter


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