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Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2000 - 10:22 am:   

I want to convert my d: drive to FAT32. If I want to return to FAT16, do I just have to reformat the d: drive?
If not, how do I change back to FAT16 From a FAT32 drive?
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2000 - 10:46 am:   

PowerQuest's Partition Magic 5 will do it for you.

There may be other utility programs out there that will, also, work.

However, as you are probably aware, the conversion program that comes with Windows 98, will only allow conversion from Fat16 to Fat32, but not the reverse.

Posted on Monday, January 31, 2000 - 8:14 am:   

How about if I reformat the drive or use Fdisk?
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2000 - 10:36 am:   

You can use Fdisk, but everything on the drive will be lost. You must use Fdisk first before you can reformat the drive to FAT16.

With Partition Magic 5, the conversion is done with no loss of data.
Posted on Monday, February 7, 2000 - 4:41 am:   

I don't care about the files. I have everything backed up on a CD-RW.

Is it true that if I change over my d: drive to fat32, that I won't be able to "see it" from my NT workstation via the network?
I ask this because I was told that I am not supposed to be able to see an NTFS machine from a WIN98 machine via a network connection, but I have reinstalled my WIN98 laptop seveal times already and I can see the NTFS file every time.

Is that a lucky quirk for me, or a WIN98 fix from WIN95?
Posted on Monday, February 7, 2000 - 8:29 am:   

Yes it's true you will not be able to "see" a FAT32 partition from an NT4 partition. This, apparently, is not the case with WIN2000.

For your second question, it's also true that you should not be able to see an NTFS machine from a WIN98 machine. A possible reason is that NT machine may have its hard drive formatted as FAT16 rather than NTFS.

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