Reformatting a HD from bootable DOS 6.2 disk

Microsoft / Dos 6.2
February 15, 2010 at 13:56:34
Specs: DOS 6.2
Hi, I want to reformat my HD (which currently has Windows 95 on it) from a bootable DOS 6.2 diskette. However, I forgot the exact command to use once I get to the " A:\ " prompt. If anybody knows, please do help me with this, thanks!!

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#1
February 15, 2010 at 15:10:43
You'd just type format c: and enter at the a:\> prompt.

Is the C: partition on the drive 2 gig or less? Is it partitioned as FAT (FAT16)? Your 95 may be on a FAT32 partition which your dos 6.2 won't recognize. FAT16 partitions must be 2 gig or less. If you're unsure you can download a 98 bootdisk file from someplace like bootdisk.com. 98 dos will see both types of partitions

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#2
February 15, 2010 at 22:55:26
Hi Daveincaps:

Thanks for your advice. I am not sure about the partition issues, but I will see what happens and then go from there. Is it OK if I ask you further questions if necessary? Thank you again, and I appreciate your efforts to help me.

Paul


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#3
February 15, 2010 at 23:20:56
Yes, that's fine.

You should be able to run fdisk and choose option 4 to 'view partition information'. If it's FAT32 I think it'll show as a non-dos partition, although I'm not sure as it's been so long since I've used dos 6 to partition.

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#4
February 16, 2010 at 00:33:37
I think DAVE is correct that it will show FAT32 as non-DOS partition.

In any case, it's a good idea to remove existing partitions and get a fresh start.

Be aware that if the HD is much bigger than 2GB DOS6 may mis-report the size and/or refuse to partition it. There may be a workaround.


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#5
February 16, 2010 at 02:22:35
If it is larger than 2.1GB, and you want to revert to a DOS system, then you can still utilize a drive (up to 8.4GB) by splitting it into separate drives (extended partitions), as long as the BIOS recognizes the correct HDD size:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/118...

Just remember there will be a lot of slack with larger drive (partition) sizes, so stay under 512MB for each drive if possible:

http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file...


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