"intelligent" disk drives
cclist at sydex.com
Tue Nov 20 00:39:33 CST 2007
On 19 Nov 2007 at 18:38, Fred Cisin wrote:
> MICROS~1 was inconsistent. FDISK used 2 ^ 20 for MB, but other modules
> didn't. FORMAT calls the 1.4M diskette "1.44", indicating that it used
> (2 ^ 10) * (10 *3)
Until the rest of the world decided otherwise, I referred to HD disks
as 1200K and 1440K. At least that was honest. The 1.2MB and 1.44MB
were simply perversions, I assume for shorthand purposes.
To their credit, as of MS-DOS 6.22, the HELP for FORMAT gives 1440K,
1200K and 2800K as the *first* of several alternatives for specifying
capacity. 2K and later drops the "K" forms in the HELP file, but
FORMAT still accepts them.
So honesty is at least nodded at.
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