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[SOLVED] moving files from fat16 hard drive to fat32 hard drive

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by RickDean, Dec 7, 2001.

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  1. RickDean

    RickDean Thread Starter

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    Can I move files between two computers, from a fat16 formated ide hard drive on one machine to a fat32 formated ide hard drive on a second machine, directly, using a home network connection; or do I need to run a "fat32 conversion" utility first?
    I saw a previous thread which stated that it could be done using an Iomega zip disk because the file transfer protocol automatically dealt with the formatting diferences. Would a network transfer work in a similar manner?
     
  2. Max19

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    You do not need to convert from FAT16 to FAT32 in order to copy the files. In fact, I would strongly advise against it. If the conversion fails, you could lose all your data.
     
  3. RickDean

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    I moved a few files using a zip disk as originally intended and had no problems. Then I calculated how many files needed to be moved and it came out to exceed 4GB. That would take too many transfer "cycles" to be practical so I set up a "home network" using a 3Com starter network kit that I bought about a year ago to learn about networking and everything worked out just fine. I greatly appreciate the advise and info provided to me in this forum. Best wishes and Happy Holidays to all!
     
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