You have a fat32 partition you can afford to reformat and change to fat16 filing system type , right?
You also have a working Debian too.
You claim your fat32 partition never appears in Debian. Let sort this one out first.
In Debian click terminal, and take a look at the partition you got by command
A fat32 partition has ID "c" or "b". Debian will have at least one type 83 and a swap partition type 82. You need to identify which partition is type "b" or "c". Say this is hda1.
You then create a temporary partition in /mnt, mount the fat32 partition on it and check its content
sudo mkdir /mnt/temp
sudo mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/temp
At this point you can go back to the desktop and click home and locate /mnt/temp and all the files should be there for you to see. Load the word documents, amend Excel spreadsheets and play MP3 if you like and if Debian has got all the necessary software.
To get a fat16 for installing your win98
Click terminal again. Run cfdisk program by command
sudo cfdisk /dev/hda
Inside cfdisk use the direction key to highlight the fat32 partition with partition ID "b" or "c" which you intend to reformat and use for a new installation of Win98.
Use the direction key to hightlight "type" and press enter.
Inside you will find the 100+ partition types supported by Linux. Type 6 to replace the partition type of fat32, thereby changing it to fat16.
Hightligh "write" to write the change to the partition table and then select "quit".
At this point do a reboot.
Go back to Debian, check the fat16 partition is there first, then go into the terminal and type
sudo mkdosfs -F16 /dev/hda1
You can then reboot and load Win98 which can be installed into the newly formatted fat16 partition.
I am using hda1 as an example for your unwanted fat32 partition. Make sure you use the correct one. If in doubt post the output of "fdisk -l" here to seek advice. Up to now you just let us to guess what you have got so we have to assume you know how to use our advice. The red
command above is irreversible!