Compaq Portable II - Restoration Problem, Help requested
derschjo at mail.msu.edu
Sun Jan 3 14:08:05 CST 2010
Tony Duell wrote:
>>> Microsoft apparently wanted a volume tracking feature that would work
>>> for all removable media and so devised the above-described method;
>>> words in the KB say that the VSN in the boot sector isn't reliable
>>> enough and the implementors apparently didn't want to take the CP/M
>>> route of checksumming the first few directory entries of a disk.
> I much prefer having to mount and unmount disks than having an OS that
> overwrites the boot sector without asking me....
Well, then don't run Windows 95. Probably good advice on principle.
I prefer having intelligently designed hardware that allows software to
determine when the disk can be ejected rather than allowing the media to
be yanked out at any time. The old Macintosh or Sparcstation floppy
drives are one such example. Alas the PC never had such luxury. (At
least the later-common Zip drive (despite its other flaws) had a nice
"soft" eject button which did the right thing...)
Water under the bridge at this point, I suppose since the only people
who still use floppy disks are on this mailing list :).
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