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By burgetr ·
My hard drive is 4.3g. As of this writing it is only showing 1.99g. Prior to partitioning should I change to FAT32? Can I partition the drive without ruining material thereon? Help?? thank you.

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by mpayne In reply to Using Partition Magic 5.0

Partition Magic 5.0 will do the job nicely without losing any of your data if done correctly. First, convert the partition to FAT32, then resize it to the entire 4.3GB. I'm assuming you have no other partitions on this drive. If you do, you'll need to back up or move the data on those other partitions to the C: partition first, then delete all but the first (C:) partition on the drive and then do the convert & resize. NOTE: NT 4.0 and the first edition of Win95 do not recognize FAT32 partitions! Hope this helps. Mark Payne, MCSE, MCP+I

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by martinqc In reply to Using Partition Magic 5.0

the above answer is a good one. However, make sure that your existing parition(s) are error free and fully defragmented to the beginning of the partition. existing errors that go unfixed can ruin the whole operation. the backup suggestion is a good one. backup what you absolutely cannot do without. PM 5 is a wonderful urility to do this, but accidents have happened before (bow). Following the bove info and the previous suggestion you should be OK. Matthew Martin A+ Certified

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by RMmcp In reply to Using Partition Magic 5.0

It shows 2gigs because that is the max. for a FAT partition. Yes, as suggested, DEFRAG, then convert to FAT32. The go back into PM 5 and make the partition the whole enchilada. But BEFORE you do that, think about this. Wouldn't you rather make another partition for safe storage of Hardware driver files, saved documents, backups of others such as Favorite URL's, etc.... This would keep this data safe if a major Windows crash/virus infection caused a need to format/reinstall. And the drivers for setup would be readily available. Also, if you do reinstall, copy the Win95/98 directory from the disk to this partition and install from there. From then on you won't need the CD for driver changes or Win program additions. It go to the Win directory on the other partition. My Win CD's are collecting dust as-we-speak.

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by donhuffman In reply to Using Partition Magic 5.0

run scandisk, then Defrag. then convert to fat32. run partition magic and resize as you please. Remember as always BACK UP before making any changes to your hard drive.

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by lorne_ludwig In reply to Using Partition Magic 5.0

While I agree with the other recomendations PM5.0 has added a new function "Merge Partitions" This would allow you to take 2 FAT partitions and merge them in to a single FAT32 part in one step. You would not need to go through several steps as it would all happen at once. As always when ever you mess with the partitions it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you have a good, valid backup.

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