i found this thing called "partition magic" for windows 9.x that can shrink fat16 and fat 32 partitions and make ext2 partitions. first, i used a hd with windows 95 on it and put it in my system, i used fdisk and "removed" the fat 32 partitions from the other two hd's, installed partiton magic, and it was able to use the maximum space for ext2 partitions on those hd's.
GET PARTITION MAGIC. IT WILL COME IN USEFUL IF THE LINUX DISKUTILS CAN'T FORMAT/PARTITION A FAT 32 DISK.
[Edited by Jeffrey on 03-30-2001 at 08:08 AM]