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by fren / September 30, 2005 1:39 AM PDT

Hello

Is it possible to fdisk and format the 528MB, 1.2GB, and 2.1GB as fat 32 and also install win 98se on it? Thanks!

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Try it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 1:42 AM PDT
In reply to: fat 32

When FDISK runs, it will ask "Large Disk Support." Answer yes and it should be FAT32. If not you can use other tools like Linux's FDISK or PARTITION MAGIC.

But with these smaller hard disks, there is little benefit to FAT32.

Bob

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fat32
by fren / September 30, 2005 1:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Try it.

Hello

you states that ''But with these smaller hard disks, there is little benefit to FAT32''. May I know what would be your suggestion on this so that I can safely install win98se on 528MB hard disk capacity. Please guide me on this matter...Thanks!

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I can't tell you that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 2:04 AM PDT
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But if 98 fits, it fits. As to how to install safely, what is safe about installing an OS? It's dangerous to files on the hard disks so that's not what you mean.

Explain this "safely" word you are using.

Bob

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by fren / September 30, 2005 2:17 AM PDT
In reply to: I can't tell you that.

Hello

Sorry, but of course, everybody wants his moves to be certain. It's okay if you don't want to tell it to me. Thanks!

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A definition is needed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 2:30 AM PDT
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I can tell you that installing an OS is never safe. But that doesn't mean we don't stop.

As to Windows 98se. It's been over 7 years since this OS rolled out and 5 years since you could get a machine with it. Can I ask how you avoided installing this puppy in that many years?

Bob

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by fren / September 30, 2005 3:30 AM PDT

yes, it's true but old computers like as I have mentioned before still exist. So what we need to do is repair it and use it again. Sorry but I think we cannot replace the old with a brand new computer due to financial problem. Thanks!

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(NT) (NT) This why we have Linux?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 3:33 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Okay, thanks for sharing your knowledge with me.
by fren / September 30, 2005 3:45 AM PDT
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Depending on the math . .
by Cursorcowboy / September 30, 2005 9:53 PM PDT
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the only problem I see is possibly with the 528MB drive that may require FAT16 regardless. The FAT32 file system does not support drives that are smaller than 512 MB, [Q255867].

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Yes it is possible.
by Edward ODaniel / October 1, 2005 2:15 PM PDT
In reply to: fat 32

The Windows 98 FDISK has an undocumented switch /FPRMT that prompts you for whether you want FAT16 or FAT32 and it will enable using FAT32 on smaller than 540 meg drives/partitions.

Win 98 only requires ~200 meg for an installation so you even have room on the smallest drive.

NOW, as Bob was getting at sometimes even if you can do something there are reasons why you should accept the default options.

Although you can have a smaller than 540 meg FAT32 partition the overhead makes it inefficient (just like you CAN format a floppy diskette as NTFS but with the overhead involved it is self defeating.

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