Re: formating hd using ms.dos

Re: formating hd using ms.dos


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Posted by colin on November 21, 2001 at 19:56:11:

In Reply to: Re: formating hd using ms.dos posted by Henry on November 20, 2001 at 18:22:10:


No doubt about that one.


Oh NO, I never assume, if you read the advice properly, it says *IF* you are asked about large drive support, one little word that does away with all that unnecessary confusion of issues for a simple job.
It would not occur to me that anyone would know how to create a basic boot disk, and would simply have a startup disk created by the OS with all the files required in place. Of course if he was using Windows ME your instructions for formatting a floppy and transferring the system files with the /s switch, is not, you may recall, supported and cannot be carried out.
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.
It was far less complicated if you read the post properly, hopefully the questioner did and has now 'substantially' got the idea.
Sorry henry but I cant see the point of filling 'novice' users with technical points that they neither understand or are applicable.



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