format

Format a hard drive or floppy disk.
   format d: [options]
Warning: while format supports FAT32, running under Win98 to create FAT32 does not work well.

Options

  d:
  The hard drive or floppy disk to format.
  
  /D
  Gives very detailed information, for debugging and for bug
  reports.

  /V:label
  Assign this label to the formatted disk.

  /Q
  Do a quick format.  This clears the FAT and root directory, but does
  not erase the disk.

  /U
  Do an unconditional format.

  /F:size
  Format the disk to a specific size. This can only be used with
  floppy disks. Valid values are:
    160 | 160k | 160kb
    Format to 160kb.

    180 | 180k | 180kb
    Format to 180kb.

    320 | 320k | 320kb
    Format to 320kb.

    360 | 360k | 360kb
    Format to 360kb.

    720 | 720k | 720kb
    Format to 720kb.

    1200 | 1200k | 1200kb | 1.2 | 1.2m | 1.2mb
    Format to 1.2MB.

    1440 | 1440k | 1440kb | 1.44 | 1.44m | 1.44mb
    Format to 1.44MB.

    2880 | 2880k | 2880kb | 2.88 | 2.88m | 2.88mb
    Format to 2.88MB.

  /B
  Reserve space to make a bootable disk. This cannot
  be combined with /S.

  /S
  Make a system disk (copy files to make it bootable.)

  /T:tracks
  Specify the number of tracks on the disk.

  /N:sectors
  Specify the number of sectors.

  /1
  Format a single-sided disk.

  /4
  Format a 5-1/4 inch 360KB DSDD disk on a 1.2MB drive.

  /8
  Format a 5-1/4 inch disk with 8 SPT.

/Z Options

/Z:longhelp Gives detailed, technical usage information. /Z:seriously Suppresses the confirmation request when you use format with a hard disk. /Z:mirror Saves the unformat "mirror data", without formatting the disk. /Z:unformat Unformats the disk, if the mirror data is fresh.

Copyright © 1998 Jim Hall
This file is derived from the FreeDOS Spec Command HOWTO. See the file H2Cpying.txt for copying conditions.