How do I make my boot drive a single 13 gig FAT 32 partition

I presently run WIN 95 with two FAT 16 drives totalling 12 gigs.  I want to start from scratch with a new 13 gig drive.  I will disconnect my existing drivesand I want to install the new 13 gig drive as a single FAT 32 partition C: drive with WIN 98 and then connect my 7 gig drive, transfer a few files, and convert it to a single 7 gig FAT 32 partition D: drive.  I have a DOS 6.22 boot floppy to access my CDROM.  How do I go about this?  Do I FDISK the 13 gig drive into 7 partitions and then assume WIN 98 will ask to join them into a single 13 gig FAT 32 partition?  If not, what do I do?  Once the 13 gig is set up and WIN 98 is installed correctly , will the Drive Converter utility let me make a single 7 gig partition out of my old D: drive?  I think this is an easy question but I haven't seen the step by step anywhere.
tomk1951Asked:
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tomk1951Author Commented:
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eal4Commented:
If you are starting with a new 13 gig drive, hook up the drive as C:. Insert the WIN98 start up disk and power the machine. Choose option 1, Set up from CD Rom. This will set up Win 98 from the CD and ask if you want a full partition or you may choose smaller ones. You don't boot from a DOS disk. After WIN98 is installed, you can manage your other drives. If you don't have a WIN 98 start up disk, then boot with your DOS disk and run set up from the CD. The first method is the best way.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Tom,

You probably won't see a step-by-step unless some tech writes one for you. As long as you have either the upgrade or full version of Win98, you really don't need Win95 in place to do what you want as far as installing Win98. However while there is a drive converter in Win98 to convert Fat16 partitions to Fat32, there aren't any provisions for combining a number of partitions into a single partition.

Here's how I would go about this to do it cleanly.

1. First, try and get your hands on a Windows 98 boot disk. This will enable you to access your CD Rom drive without using your early dos etc. If you can get your hands on one, let me know and I'll send you to a site where you can download the files and place them on a bootable floppy.

2. Next, pull the current drives out of the system and replace them with your new drive.

3. Boot to the Win98 boot disk and choose "without cd rom drive support".

3. Prep the drive by fdisking it, setup the partition and make it active, then format it. If you need a step by step for this let me know. Just choose large disk support when fdisking the drive to achieve Fat32.

4. Now boot back to the floppy and install Windows 98.

5. If your using a Win98 update disk, you'll get a message that it can't verify a previous OS. Just swap in your Win95 CD, point the installer to it, and then swap them back out.

6. When your done installing, make sure all your devices are working properly and there's no errors in device manager.

7. Now shut down and install the other drives and move your files as necessary.

8. Now boot back to the Win98 floppy and fdisk the older drives and use large hard drive support for Fat32.
Dennis
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dew_associatesCommented:
Sorry eal4, I was apparently typing the above when you posted.
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eal4Commented:
dew, Not a problem, at least we are both on the same track.
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tomk1951Author Commented:
Dennis provided more than enough detail for me to accomplish the transition.  Too bad Microsoft doesn't provide these pointers in ther "Installation Manual" to use the term loosely.  I would appreciate the name of the site that has the 98 boot disk files.  I have the Upgrade and naturally, Bill was too cheap to spend $.25 on a boot floppy.  

Tom Kelly
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dew_associatesCommented:
Here ya go Tom!

http://www.bootdisk.com/

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