DOS feature on formatting disk

From: Dwight K. Elvey <>
Date: Tue Jan 18 15:03:21 2005

>From: "Dan Williams" <>
>On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 10:16:11 -0800 (PST), Dwight K. Elvey
><> wrote:
>> Hi Randy
>> I've written special drivers for the floppies
>> under DOS in the past so that isn't a real
>> issue. I just wish it would work without me
>> having to pull out the reference books to
>> deal with it.
>> It works incorrectly in both MSDOS and PCDOS.
>> It is just annoying. The /u should mean just that,
>> unconditionally format.
>> Dwight
> In MSDOS the /u doesn't actually mean unconditional in the normal
>sense. It means do not save unformat information, it will still stop
>if it gets errors.

 Sure but what about not reading track 0 before formatting
means it should abort the formatting without first doing
a low level format of that track. It is just stupid.
If I completely erase the track, it formats just fine.
As Sellam says, it is just stupid design.
Received on Tue Jan 18 2005 - 15:03:21 GMT

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