Re: formating hd using ms.dos

Re: formating hd using ms.dos

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Posted by Henry on November 20, 2001 at 18:22:10:

In Reply to: Re: formating hd using ms.dos posted by colin on November 20, 2001 at 17:46:18:

: 1).Boot to start floppy at A:> prompt type FORMAT C: press return.
: 2) Do the same for any other drives you created using fdisk.
: 3)If you didn't make any partitions, do this first before number 1), start as no.1 at the prompt type FDISK press enter, if it asks about large drive support answer yes.
: Now create a pimary dos partition, use all of the drive or if you want other partitons use only some of the space (say 33%) then make the first partition active(otherwise it wont boot), create an extended partition with all the remaining space and then set logical drives to as many as you want. Follow Fdisks menu as you partition your disk and you will see from the choices offered you can easilly follow the above.
: If now you have partitions go back to 1) at the top and format each drive.
: Now you're ready for your OS

Colin's instructions are substantially correct. It appears that he assumes that you make a bootable floppy disk (format a:/s) then copy fdisk and format to it from c:\windows\command. BUT if you are using DOS under win95a - OR earlier (like DOS6.22 - you DO NOT HAVE large HDD support; you will not be given the option to use large HDD support and you cannot (correctly) format a HDD larger than 8.4GB (4 partitions of 2.1GB each at that). You risk having format or scandisk mark all sectors above 8.4GB BAD because it cannot address them correctly - NOT GOOD.

If you are running DOS95b or later (DOS98 and later, for sure), you should have large HDD support. DO NOT ATTEMPT to do anything on a HDD larger than 8.4GB if you do not have large HDD support.

Good Luck,

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