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a b G Storage
July 20, 2006 6:15:19 PM

Strange question, but how would I use windows (which version?) to format a drive to fat16. Also, does XP see fat16 drives anymore?

I think it does, I just dont know what will format a drive for f16 these days.

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July 20, 2006 6:49:57 PM

Of course it sees and can also format FAT16 partitions: I always format my flash drives, CF and SD with FAT16, because embedded systems, like cameras and mp3 players don't read FAT32 (only the very new models).

But of course you must create a partition not larger than 2GB, because that is the FAT16 physical limit.
In the Format context menu you'll find the FAT32 and FAT options. FAT stands for FAT16.
a b G Storage
July 20, 2006 6:55:53 PM

Oh. I havent seen or formated anything in fat16 since dos days. Cool good to know I am now going to format my friends hard drive which he just got (and is 320gb) to fat16 with maximum (24?) named partitions. heheheheheh snicker.
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July 20, 2006 7:07:46 PM

Ehm... I would avoid this :-)
you will have an infinite tree of extended partitions and logical units, and many boot loaders and systems symply aren't able to handle more than 8 or 16.

Anyway if you have some problems in formatting you can still use and old DOS boot disk or better a linux liveCD: after the filesystems are created XP will read them without any problems, but I'm always been to format my devices with FAT16 inside XP.
July 20, 2006 7:08:58 PM

sorry for my ugly english and the missing words... it's the red wine effect! :p 
July 20, 2006 7:22:37 PM

Quote:
Oh. I havent seen or formated anything in fat16 since dos days. Cool good to know I am now going to format my friends hard drive which he just got (and is 320gb) to fat16 with maximum (24?) named partitions. heheheheheh snicker.

Isn't it too early for 1 April?
a b G Storage
July 20, 2006 7:37:05 PM

April 1st is a holiday that inspires trickery. But the greatest trickery is playing an April 1st joke on someone, a year in advance, then yelling out APRIL 1ST in the middle of augest.


Realy, april 1st is only a polite suggestion to give the person heads up.
July 20, 2006 7:57:52 PM

i'm just curious, but why do you want to format something in fat16???

if you need more then 2gb, you might be able to make a few partitions and jbod them together... just a thought
a b G Storage
July 20, 2006 8:27:38 PM

For that reason. A 2 gb partition is almost useless, and 24 2gb partitions is very useless...


Just a fun joke on a friend.
July 20, 2006 9:08:52 PM

While you are doing that you might as well reduce the HD size so it only shows 137 gig. Use the HD utility that comes with some drives. Then it will really have a twist.
a b G Storage
July 21, 2006 7:10:39 PM

Ya! lol... he has a 200gb hard drive already. If I delete the key that reads "enableLargeLBAsuport... or however" basicly a registry key that allows for 42bit LBA. If that is removed, his 200gb hdd with read 137 too, but what happends to his data.
July 21, 2006 8:00:46 PM

That will not be good, I think he will loose it. When you make the LBA change most cases it is followed with a format/init.
a b G Storage
July 21, 2006 8:04:18 PM

Well I remember that when I had to reinstall windows XP Sp0 I had to enable large LBA (42bit) after installation and then I could see the rest of my data.

So at least going from 40-48bit, you dont lose data...
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a b G Storage
January 16, 2009 12:24:13 PM

Go to Google are search CompuApps SwissKnife. You will be able to format a large drive to Fat16. Free program.
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