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5. Disk Hacks > 51. Format Your Disk

Format Your Disk

Lay down some awesome data tracks on diskettes, hard drives, Zip disks, or LS-120 cartridges with FORMAT.

Logical drives and drive letters are created by the process of formatting a partition so that it is ready to accept files. Formatting is done by either the DOS FORMAT program, within the Windows 9x-2003 setup processes, or within the Disk Management console in Windows NT-2003. FORMAT provides limited options: it either creates nonbootable disk space, creates a bootable disk, or it can quick-format (erase) a diskette. For hard drives, FORMAT will lay out either NTFS, FAT-16, or FAT-32 file structures, depending on the filesystem of the partition. For 3.5” diskettes, Zip, and LS-120 media, the filesystem will always be FAT-16.


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