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3. Components > Format

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Format — \windows\system32\format.com

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Before data can be stored on a floppy disk, hard disk, or any of a variety of removable media disks (such as Zip disks), the disk must be formatted. This process creates various low-level data structures on the disk, such as the filesystem (FAT, FAT32, NTFS, etc.). It also tests the disk surface for errors and stores bad sectors in a table that will keep them from being used. If there's any data on the disk, it will be erased. The options for Format are:

format volume [/q] [/c] [/x] [/v:label] [/fs:filesystem]

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