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Using FDISK

To create DOS partitions on a hard disk, you must run the FDISK utility from the DOS command prompt. You can run FDISK from a Windows 98 DOS session, but only if you do not intend to work with the currently active partition. Obviously, if you destroy the partition containing the system files and operating system the computer is currently using, the system will halt as soon as you exit FDISK.

After you create a partition, exit FDISK, and reboot the system, you will find that the system has assigned a drive letter to the new partition. You can switch to that drive letter from the DOS prompt, but you cannot read from it or write to it because the drive has not yet been formatted. You must use the FORMAT utility from the command line, Windows Explorer, or the My Computer window to format the drive before you can use it to store data.


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