DOS feature on formatting disk

From: Randy McLaughlin <>
Date: Tue Jan 18 11:47:26 2005

From: "Dwight K. Elvey" <>
> Hi
> 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?
> Dwight

Try picking up the format program from freedos/opendos and see if it does
the same. If needed it may be able to be modified.

Received on Tue Jan 18 2005 - 11:47:26 GMT

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