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Formated hard drive from win98 format.com using format C;/s. HD 32 bit formatted. Want Hd formatted 16 bit. Compaq desktop built 1987. F2 does not work. F1 does not work Which key gets to HD configuration?

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Are you referring to the file system?
Do you have a copy of DOS?
I think you want to create a partition using the FAT16 File System.
If you have it use FDISK (old DOS app), once it loads it asks you if you want to enable large disk support - just say no and then delete all current partitions on your HD and recreate a new one.
Warning: Make sure you have the correct drive selected as this will delete everything on the drive.
FAT16 Partitions can only go up to 2GB in size, so you cant make any bigger ones with it.
Partition Magic and programs like that can also be used to manage disk partitions. Let me know if you need anything else

Posted on Oct 07, 2010

  • MrCloister Oct 07, 2010

    Before you get into that, I think you might be able to do it with the Format command



    Format C: /FS:FAT



    This will format the C: drive in FAT 16

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