compaq portable plus problems

Fred Cisin cisin at
Sun Feb 3 16:49:30 CST 2008

On Sun, 3 Feb 2008, Curt @ Atari Museum wrote:
> Hmmm......   What you need is a copy of the orig CPQ System Utilities
> diskette that shipped with the Portable, it would've had on
> it to do a low-level on the HD...   I'm trying to think if early PC-DOS
> 2.21 (I think it was a powdery pink colored label DOS diskette) may have
> had a generic low level formatter on it.

NO version of PC-DOS (and there wasn't a 2.21) ever came with a low level
formatter, and certainly NEVER generic on PC-DOS.

With PC-DOS, the low level formatter was included in the "ADVANCED

With MS-DOS, NOT PC-DOS, it is possible to have generics, etc.

Compaq had their own set of bootable "Diagnostics".

Most "generic" hard disk format programs won't work with Compaq.

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