Formatting 32GB Partition w/FAT32 in MS-DOS?

October 7, 2010 at 14:32:03
Specs: None at the moment
Is there a way to FAT32-format an entire 80 Gig HDD in DOS?
I mean, in the way of DOS applications? No iteration of DOS, or, as far as I know, Windows, is capable of FAT32-formatting a partition larger than 32GB in size, at least not with their respective default utilities.

A bootable CD that could do this would be usable as well. Any help would be appreciated.


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#1
October 7, 2010 at 14:39:41
If i am not completely wrong, than DOS 7.1 (that is the DOS under Windows98) should be able to do the job.

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#2
October 7, 2010 at 14:41:28
The fdisk/format utilities in WinME should be able to handle it, I'm told.

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#3
October 7, 2010 at 14:57:49
"None at the moment" This would be a REAL good time to provide the version info.

W98 [7.1] goes to about 63GB [?]

But may mis-report an 80GB.

A smoother move would be the new FDISK, good to about 137GB.


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#4
October 7, 2010 at 15:06:23
Version info? DOS 7.1, aboard a Win98 boot diskette. Performing a clean install and see no reason to create multiple partitions. I just got an email returned--friend of mine found this. Should work just splendidly.

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#5
October 7, 2010 at 20:18:23
It's not a big deal. As Mechanix2go says, the original 98 FDISK will misreport a drive larger than about 64 gig. It'll show the size as the difference between the actual size and 64 gig. So it will show an 80 gig as about 16. I'm told that even though it shows 16 gig it will actually partition the drive correctly as 80 gig. But there is an update to 98 fdisk--263044usa8.exe--that corrects the misreporting. Or, we'd just use ME fdisk. There is no problem using 98 FORMAT on an 80 gig hard drive.

As your link reports, there is a problem with some 98 dos commands on partitions larger than 137 gig. It's usually commands involving reading and writing data to the disk. So FORMAT and the updated FDISK may still work on those drives--I've never tried it. But that's moot since your drive is only 80 gig.

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#6
October 8, 2010 at 08:54:39
I can't get fat32format to run in DOS mode. Keeps giving me "Bad command or file name" error. Any suggestions?

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#7
October 8, 2010 at 09:37:43
Do you have format.com in the current directory or in the path?


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#8
October 8, 2010 at 10:12:31
I didn't. I'll try running it with FORMAT on the floppy.

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#9
October 8, 2010 at 10:28:48
No dice. I'm running the program as specified on its' official webpage...

A:\>fat32format c:
Bad command or file name

Alternative suggestions?


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#10
October 8, 2010 at 10:42:31
"fat32format"

I have no idea what that is supposed to be.

But it's not a DOS filename.

Like I said, you need FORMAT.COM.


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#11
October 8, 2010 at 10:45:34
Fifth post from the top.

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#12
October 8, 2010 at 11:21:32
Download a Windows Millenium Edition OEM (aka MS-DOS 8.0) Bootdisk:

http://bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

Boot from floppy and at the A:\> prompt

fdisk [press enter] http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255867

Yes to Large Disk Support and create the partion/partions as required

after esc fdisk reboot then format:

a:\>format C: /s

It is not rocket science.....


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#13
October 8, 2010 at 11:27:08
You can get the newer fdisk.exe at “bootdisk.com”

On the right side of the screen, click “DOStools”

Then under partitioning, click on “latest DOS Fdisk”

This will let it download a file “newfdisk.zip”

Unzip the file.

On bootdisk.com, you can also download a Win98 SE bootdisk that will boot your compute to the A:/ prompt. It may also be a zipped file. If so, unzip it.

Add the file that you got from the newfdisk.zip download to a bootable boot disk that you have. Boot your computer and run the fdisk.exe file.

This should let you format the 80GB hard drive.

First fdisk, then format.

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#14
October 8, 2010 at 11:35:44
Disk is already partitioned.

FORMAT in DOS takes ages, on the other hand, fat32format is lightning fast.


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#15
October 8, 2010 at 13:19:08
Actually you could of used GParted Live CD it would be even quicker than posting here.....................

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#16
October 8, 2010 at 14:06:17
The fat32format must just do a 'quick format'. The main difference between a full and quick format is the quick doesn't scan for bad sectors. The full format does and that's why it takes so long. You'd only want to do a quick format on a drive you know has no bad sectors.

But you can do a quick format with the regular dos command. Just use FORMAT/Q.

As I said in # 5, there's no problem using 98 dos commands to partition and format an 80 gig drive.

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#17
October 8, 2010 at 15:15:39
Thanks to all who helped. I was finally able to format the drive using PartitionMagic 4.01. Great software, even if outdated.

Incidentally, do any of you know of a place where I could find a Broadcom 440x 10/100 network adapter driver compatible with Win98FE?


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