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Preparing the Hard Disk

Quite apart from the normal formatting that must be done to any DOS disk, hard disks require a little bit of extra work to get them ready for use. DOS provides the FDISK command to prepare a hard disk to be formatted.

The following sections explain how DOS divides and formats a hard disk. If you are relatively inexperienced, be sure to heed all warnings and read all explanations carefully. You are moving into potentially dangerous territory when you start playing around with FDISK.


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