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Manual Partition Operations

The main difference between FAT32 and FAT16 is the support of higher-capacity folders, files and disks, and more flexible root organization that features unlimited size and long file-name support. (For more details see A.9 «File System Main Specifications».)

Converting FAT16 to FAT32

You would convert a FAT16 partition to FAT32 in the following cases:

  • 1.

    If you need a partition larger than 2 GB.

  • 2.

    If you replace a small-capacity hard disk with a high-capacity hard disk

If you need to convert a FAT16 partition to FAT32:

1.

Select the disk and FAT16 partition to convert to FAT32 from the list in the Acronis Disk Director Server main window.

2.

Select Disk Advanced Convert or a similar item in the Advanced sidebar list, or

click

Convert the file system on the selected partition on the toolbar (or select it

from partition or the graphical representation context menu).

3.

Enter partition type (Logical Primary) in the Convert Partition window.

Convert partition window

4.

By clicking OK, you'll add a pending operation of FAT16 partition conversion to FAT32 partition (your actions may only undo or modify an existing operation. See 3.4.5 «Modifying pending operations»).

The new partition file system will be graphically represented in the Acronis Disk Director Server main window.

Attention! Converting a FAT16 partition to FAT32 might cause the installed operating system to stop «understanding» the file system and/or the allocation table. For more information about compatibility of file and operating systems see A.9 «File System Main Specifications».

5.2.3

Hiding a partition

Acronis Disk Director Server allows you to hide a partition. It can be useful for protecting important information from unauthorized or casual access. Unlike other software, Acronis Disk Director Server can hide any partition independent of its type, primary or logical.

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