Mar 15, 2014

How to convert HDD on Windows 98 PC to FAT32 from FAT16?

I just ran across my old Windows 98 PC that I had in college, and just for fun I’m trying to see how usable I can make it after all these years. I know the OS isn’t secure any more, but I’m probably not going to go online with it, it is more out of nostalgia than anything else that I’m playing around with it. Does anyone still remember how to convert the HDD from FAT16 to FAT32 on Windows 98 so I can free up some space?
How to Convert a Drive to FAT32 Using Drive Converter

"This article describes how to convert a hard disk that uses the File Allocation Table (FAT or FAT16) file system to the FAT32 file system using Drive Converter.

WARNING: After you convert your hard disk to FAT32, you are unable to convert it back to the original FAT system. Also, this procedure does not work if your hard disk has bad sectors.

Method 1

Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, click Drive Converter (FAT32), and then click Next.
In the Drives box, click the drive you want to convert to the FAT32 file system.
Click Next, and then click OK.
Click Next, click Next, and then click Next again.
When the conversion is complete, click Finish.

Method 2

At a command prompt, type cvt drive: /cvt32 and then press ENTER, where drive is the drive you want to convert to the FAT32 file system.

Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition"

 It’s built into Windows 98. Go to START>PROGRAMS>ACCESSORIES>DISK CONVERTER. Follow the on-screen instructions at that point, and you should be fine, although you might run into some issues if the drive is already compressed.

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