where can i find format command for ms dos 6.

July 28, 2011 at 14:36:48
Specs: MS DOS 6.22
I want to format my harddrive that would give me c:\ prompt. But I don't have format.exe command in my MS DOS 6.22, can anybody tell me where can I get this command?

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#1
July 28, 2011 at 14:56:03
Almost all MS-DOS commands are located in the C:\DOS directory (or wherever it was initially installed), however there is usually a "PATH=C:\DOS" (or similar, again depending on where DOS is installed) command somewhere inside the autoexec.bat file, which would direct all those commands to be accessible from any root or sub-directory. If you've done something strange (such as wipe out your DOS directory or the autoexec.bat file) or your running something other than true MS/PC-DOS, then that may no longer hold true. You can always format the drive using the original DOS installation disks as well (if memory serves, "FORMAT" is on disk 1), just make sure that the floppy drives (and disks) are working. The correct format of the command would be (without quotes):

"FORMAT C:/U"

which invokes an unconditional format. Remember, (for the most part) it would be very difficult to recover anything from the drive once this is done; so make sure you have everything you need securely archived. You may also have to remove partitions and delete extended drives as well to re-obtain the full capacity of the drive.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
July 28, 2011 at 15:09:42
Add the /S switch to the format command to transfer the system files to the hard drive from the source drive at format time. If you forget, the command is SYS C: at the DOS prompt.

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#3
July 28, 2011 at 22:20:56
If you format the drive they'll be nothing on it. In order to put 6.22 back on it you'll need the 6.22 installation disks. The 6.22 disks will have the format command on disk 1. Just boot up with disk 1, exit the installation and do the FORMAT C:

If you're going to put some other OS on the drive then just boot up with that OS's installation disk and do the format.

If neither of the above is your intent and you just want to format the drive and leave it blank then download a 6.22 bootdisk from bootdisk.com. Run that downloaded file and it'll create a bootdisk with format on it.


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#4
July 31, 2011 at 15:10:29
I have all of the dos 6.2 disks, although, from dos 6.2 to 6.2.2, i don't think FORMAT.EXE changed from one to the other. also, if you format the C:\ drive from C:\, sometimes it will screw itself up, trying to format a program that's running in memory, (format.exe) so it might be better to run it from a floppy disk or the install disk.
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