Gateway 2000 Handbook 486 question

From: Frank Schickel <>
Date: Tue Feb 18 21:49:00 2003

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"Fred Cisin (XenoSoft)" wrote:
> You can INSTALL to a FAT16 partition (95, 98), and then let Windoze
> "convert" it to FAT32. Normally successfully, and hardly ever does a
> total destruction of the drive/file contents. But it is ONE WAY.
> MICROS~1 provides NO way to convert it back.

Don't know if you've ever tried Partition Magic from PowerQuest,
but I would consider it an essential utility when working with
HDs. It will repartition on-the-fly and convert partitions
*both* ways FAT16<-->FAT32 and FAT32<-->NTFS, although you
lose the extended attributes when converting to FAT from
I used it to repartition a PC at work that was installed as 3
2GB FAT16 partitions on a 6GB HD. With all the dross that most
programs install, the first partition ran out of room real fast.
Received on Tue Feb 18 2003 - 21:49:00 GMT

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