Obscure DOS question
Sean 'Captain Napalm' Conner
spc at conman.org
Tue Mar 29 12:13:15 CST 2005
It was thus said that the Great Vintage Computer Festival once stated:
> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005, Eric Smith wrote:
> > If you aren't able to run the Linux mkdosfs command yourself, I can
> > send you a ZIP file containing an otherwise empty floppy image
> > created as described above, and you can use rawrite.exe or equivalent
> > to write it onto a real floppy disk.
> Thanks for the offer, but I'd need to format a hard drive thusly. This is
> a decent solution if I can't come up with anything else.
I did a similar thing to format a 120M harddrive for a laptop. I was able
to fdisk the harddrive in question, but couldn't format it. So on my Linux
system, I made a file the appropriate size of the partition (using "dd" and
/dev/zero), then ran the appropriate mkfs command over the file, then
mounted it, copied what I needed, umounted it, zipped it up (it fortunately
fit on a floppy) and was able to decompress and write it to the harddrive on
From there I was able to bootstrap the rest of the way.
-spc (Did have to recompile my Linux system to support mounting of files)
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