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I have 5 bad clusters on my HDD.  Is it possible to remove
them temporarily so I can convert my drive from a FAT 16 to a FAT 32 now that I have Win 98 so I can get more space out of my HDD?  Is it also risky to do and do you recommend it?
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Bad clusters are permanent damage done your Hard Disk surface. It is not possible to remove them but you should run ScanDisk in Thorough Mode inorder to map them. I see no problem that it should cause in converting from FAT 16 to FAT 32. There is no risk in transfering to FAT 32 if you aren't using any DOS programs (because they don't always work in this mode) and if you have backups of all your Programs and Files (this conversion demands that you format your Hard Drive). I would recommend it for you in such a case.
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Windows will not conver drive with bad sectors, but there are always ways to use fat 32 on your system and bad sector is not always permament.

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