Solved XP won't allow full formatting. Only fast or boot disk.

July 24, 2012 at 13:32:57
Specs: Windows XP, P4
floppy disk formatting for xp

XP won't allow full formatting. Only fast or boot disk.

Any way to do a full format to check the disk the way we used to?


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July 31, 2012 at 15:56:07
Not sure if this helps but try a "Command-Prompt" format:

Insert floppy to be formatted in A:
Click Start
Click Run
In the "Open" field type (without the quotes) "format a:/f:1440/u"
A command prompt should open up asking "Insert new disk for drive A: and press ENTER when ready..."
Press enter

The disk should format (as it would a full format from inside Windows) with the current state of the disk (The type of the file system is FAT.) , the verification of 1.44MB and then the percentage completed (increasing to 100%) until the disk is completely formatted. When finished, it should report back:


Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for none)? Press enter.
Format complete.

1,457,664 bytes total disk space.
1,457,664 bytes available on disk.

512 bytes in each allocation unit.
2,847 allocation units available on disk.

12 bits in each FAT entry.

A random Volume serial number will also be displayed.

When prompted to "Format another?? type "n"

If there are any problems, note what they are and inform us of such problems.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."



#1
July 24, 2012 at 14:05:46
Found out after an hour on the Net: just go to run and type:format a:

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#2
July 24, 2012 at 17:42:15
Right-Click the Floppy disk then select Format then full format.

It might be that you need to select 1.44.

A quick format is just as good. You'd be better getting a usb flash memory disk, more capacity and easier to use. Some Floppy disks can be bothersome when used on other computers with a different OS.


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#3
July 31, 2012 at 14:09:20
A quick format won't check the whole disk for errors.

Clicking format in XP does not allow full format.


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#4
July 31, 2012 at 15:56:07
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Not sure if this helps but try a "Command-Prompt" format:

Insert floppy to be formatted in A:
Click Start
Click Run
In the "Open" field type (without the quotes) "format a:/f:1440/u"
A command prompt should open up asking "Insert new disk for drive A: and press ENTER when ready..."
Press enter

The disk should format (as it would a full format from inside Windows) with the current state of the disk (The type of the file system is FAT.) , the verification of 1.44MB and then the percentage completed (increasing to 100%) until the disk is completely formatted. When finished, it should report back:


Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for none)? Press enter.
Format complete.

1,457,664 bytes total disk space.
1,457,664 bytes available on disk.

512 bytes in each allocation unit.
2,847 allocation units available on disk.

12 bits in each FAT entry.

A random Volume serial number will also be displayed.

When prompted to "Format another?? type "n"

If there are any problems, note what they are and inform us of such problems.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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