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Chapter 9. Working with Disks and Drives > Converting a FAT16 Drive to FAT32

Converting a FAT16 Drive to FAT32

When Microsoft released the FAT32 file system as part of the Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 product, the only way to use the new system was to delete the existing partitions on a disk drive and create new ones. Obviously, this process resulted in the loss of all of the data and, therefore, the need for a complete backup-and-restore procedure. Windows 98 remedies this problem by providing a FAT32 Conversion Wizard that enables you to preserve your data while gaining the advantages (and disadvantages) of the new file system. You access the wizard by selecting Drive Converter (FAT32) from the Start menu's Programs/Accessories/System Tools group.

The wizard provides information about the new file system and the possible consequences of the conversion. After you select a drive to be converted (see Figure 9.5), the wizard scans the drive for applications that might cause problems with FAT32 and then gives you the chance to remove them before proceeding. The wizard also gives you the opportunity to back up your data with Microsoft Backup and warns you repeatedly about the consequences of your actions, requesting your confirmation before proceeding.


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