RX01 Floppies

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Sat Nov 22 00:01:20 CST 2014

On 11/21/2014 09:21 PM, Jerome H. Fine wrote:
> One point to mention (or clarify) is that for DEC, the FORMAT
> operation did NOT include writing the file structure.  For the PC,
> the FORMAT command does BOTH an LLF as well as writing
> an initial root file structure (FAT16??) on the floppy media.  But
> for DEC hardware with both the RX01 and the RX02, writing
> the file structure made use of the INITIALIZE command (at least
> under RT-11 and something similar under RSTS/E and RSX-11).
> So with DEC PDP-11 operating systems which used 8" floppy
> media, the user understood very clearly the difference between
> the FORMAT and INITIALIZE commands and what each one
> did.

Sort of like Unix mkfs?


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