DOS feature on formatting disk

From: Dwight K. Elvey <>
Date: Tue Jan 18 11:35:01 2005

 DOS has an irritating feature when asked to format
a disk. If track 0 is partially readable it will
fail to format, even if you use the /u option.
I've been moving data from one machine to another
and the source machine has a flaky drive. It sometimes
trashes track 0.
 I've found that the only way to get around this problem
is to wipe the disk with a strong magnet.
 Why can't it just try to format first and then check
track 0. Why must it fail to format because track 0
is partially readable when I specifically asked it
to unconditionally format?
Received on Tue Jan 18 2005 - 11:35:01 GMT

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