Boot Disk Needed

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Tue Oct 2 03:32:49 2001

On Tue, 2 Oct 2001, Glen Goodwin wrote:

> > Drop to DOS on any machine with a 5.25" drive you have access to. Type:
> >
> > format /u /s a:
> Okay Sellam, I'll bite -- what's the /u parameter?

Format "unconditionally". I.E. don't try to check the disk to see if it's
already formatted and then do a quick format if it is (which simply erases
the directory track and creates an unformat area in case you decided you
made a mistake). This is a feature beginning with, I believe, DOS 6.0.

I prefer to really format my disks when I issue a format statement, and
not just assume all sectors on the disk are good.

Another ill-conceived default feature instated by the worst company in the

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
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