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How do I change my FAT16 to a FAT32? Without installing Win98.
I'm running Windows 95.
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Markleno; Here's what you can do. First be very careful, you can
lose all your info on your hd by converting from 16 to 32 bit. Win95 is 32 bit if you have the "b" version. To find out
 right click your "My Computer" and chose properties. If you have
have 4.00.95 B you either already have 32 bit or can install it.
If you do have it, (4.00.95 B) then you can use a utility to convert. I have used Partion Magic. This is not supposed to harm your data, but you can lose it all if not done correctly.
It can be done using dos's fdisk. (i forget the parameter)THIS METHOD WILL ERASE YOUR HARDDRIVE. Be forewarned, if you convert all your Drive (drives)
to 32 bit you will not be able to run dos programs. They will not run on a 32 bit system. Also some Win95 16 bit programs won't run on 4.00.95.B  I would not convert unless you absolutely have to!

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Markleno:  
  Sure you could spend however much Partition Magic is going for now (not to mention $$ for backup tapes, etc.) and change over to the 32 bit file system, but why? Most people think that 32 bits=speed.  The truth of the matter is the 32 bit file system won't give you an increase in performance at all.  Actually, in most cases, it will slow down disk access (mainly because of the smaller cluster size the "new and improved" file system uses.)  The only real improvement you'll see with the 32 bit system is less "slack" or wasted space; which in my opinion isn't worth the time, money or performance decrease it entails.
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Also NT 4.0 (and supossedly NT 5.0) will not be able to rewad the FAT32 file structure
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