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What exactly is the Fat32 option in windows 98.  and what does it do to your hard disk, and is it recomemded i should use it
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On older version of Win95, it only supports FAT16, which means that your HDD partition must be within 2Gb even if you have a larger disk.  With FAT32, you can partition HDD larger than 2Gb into 1 partition.

When data are store into a FAT16 drive, if the size of the file is say 4K, but since FAT16's cluster size is 64K, it will still takes up the full block.  And hence you're loosing disk space because of this.

FAT32 with cluster size of 4K will be more effective in saving disk space, some say that FAT32 will decrease disk speed, but personally, I can't really tell the different.  MS insists that FAT32 is even faster that FAT16...
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