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Formatting Disks

When you create one or more DOS partitions on a hard disk, you must format them before you can use them to store data. The formatting process divides a partition into clusters. A cluster is a logical unit that represents the smallest amount of disk space that can be allocated at one time. A disk-formatting program determines the size of the clusters to be created, based on the size of the partition, and creates an entry in the FAT for each cluster. Windows 98 includes the character-based real-mode FORMAT program inherited from DOS, as well as protected-mode GUI alternatives in Windows Explorer and the My Computer window.

Tip

You must reboot your system after creating a partition and before formatting it. The Windows 98 version of FDISK does not reboot the system automatically after it creates a partition, as some previous versions do.



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